President Brazil, Jair Bolsonarorequest Leonardo DiCaprio kept his mouth shut after the Hollywood actor shouted about how important it was to protect the environment of the Amazon forest.
He made the statement when greeting his supporters at the Alvorada Palace, the Brazilian presidential office, on Tuesday (4/5).
“Now, DiCaprio should know, even the president of the World Trade Organization [WTO] say without Brazilian agribusiness, the world will starve,” Bolsonaro said CNN.
He then said, “So DiCaprio would rather keep his mouth shut than brag.”
This statement comes after DiCaprio called for the public to care about the Amazon environment a few days ago. Brazil, he said, is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to preventing climate change.
“What’s going on there is a problem for all of us, and a youth vote is key in driving change for a healthy planet,” Dicaprio wrote on Twitter.
He then urged the youth to seek more information about registration on the site related to environmental care, Olha o Barulhinho, by following the existing steps.
A day later, Bolsonaro replied to DiCaprio’s tweet.
“Thank you for your support, Leo. That is really important for every Brazilian voter in the upcoming elections,” Bolsonaro wrote.
“Our people will decide if they want to keep the sovereignty of the Amazon or be ruled by criminals who serve special foreign interests. Good job on The Revenant.”
In Brazil itself, voting is not mandatory for the age group of 16 to 18 years. However, many local artists and celebrities are urging people to register and vote in October’s presidential election.
Bolsonaro’s policies are in the spotlight in this election. During his first term in office, Bolsonaro’s policies were seen as undermining environmental protection due to business interests.
A group of climate lawyers has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Bolsonaro over his alleged attacks in the Amazon. According to them, the actions of Brazil’s number one man constituted a “crime against humanity.”
According to a report by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), during the first three months of 2022, the share of the Amazon rainforest affected by deforestation was at its highest.
According to INPE, 941.34 square kilometers of Amazonian land was destroyed from January to March. The figure is the highest on record that the agency has monitored Amazonian deforestation since 2016.
That number also jumped by about 64 percent from 2021, when the forest area affected was about 573.29 kilometers.