Leonardo DiCaprio reveals how you can help save the Amazon Rainforest
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has shared images of the Amazon Rainforest fires raging with his 33.9 million Instagram followers, urging people to take action to help save the “Lungs of the World”.
In a series of posts the actor calls on people to “donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest; Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; Be a conscious consumer; [and] When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action – including strong governance and forward-thinking policy”.
DiCaprio has been a long-time advocate for climate action. He established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, a non-profit organisation devoted to promoting environmental awareness, and was named the United Nations Messenger on Climate Change in 2014.
The 2016 documentary, Before the Flood – which DiCaprio both executive-produced and appeared in – brought the issue of climate change to mainstream audiences, and was praised for its sincerity and comprehensive account of the greatest threat humanity is currently facing.
In the past the actor has said, “Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
News of the devastating Amazon Rainforest fires finally hit mainstream headlines three weeks after the fires reportedly first started.
There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year – a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year, and are largely the result of increased land clearing.
Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January this year.
The health of this biodiverse forest is one of the key factors in combating climate change, so it’s imperative we care and cherish the Amazon far more than any building or skyscraper.
How you can help save the Amazon Rainforest
Sign this Greenpeace's petition telling the Brazilian government to save the Amazon rainforest.
Reduce your paper and wood consumption and ensure any paper or wood products you purchase are FSC certified.
Use the Ecosia.org search engine, which will plant a tree for every 45 searches you run.
Reduce your beef intake.