Brazil’s Vice President, Hamilton Mourao has invited actor Leonardo DiCaprio to visit the Amazon rainforest to see the deteriorating reality of the world’s largest forest. Brazil and its government has been under fire for the increasing destruction in the Amazon. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has long been involved in campaigning for the environment, was invited personally by the vice president to go with him on a journey along an ill-maintained road in the remote far western Amazon near the town of Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira.
“I would like to invite our most recent critic, Leonardo DiCaprio, to go with me to Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira to do an eight-hour ride through the jungle between the Sao Gabriel airport and the Cucui highway,” Mourao said. “He will learn with each big pothole that he has to pass that the Amazon is not a flat land and understand better how things work in this vast region.”
The Hollywood actor and his team are yet to respond to the invitation.
There was a global outcry when fires surged in the Amazon last year and Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro had accused Leonardo DiCaprio of being part of a group who funded the fires in the Amazon. The claims were made without providing any evidence and of course, the actor denied all allegations.
With global warming, this year saw a surge in the number of fires in June and July as compared to last year but the first 15 days of August saw fires down by 17% compared to a year ago. Deforestation is also up 34.5% in the 12 months through July, compared to the same period a year ago