Leonardo DiCaprio Urges People To Save Amazon Rainforest

Satellite image of Amazon with plumes of smoke from fires

Boris Johnson has said he is "deeply concerned" by the fires raging in the Amazon and called for worldwide action to protect rainforests, as his government came under pressure from Labour for "cosying up" to the Brazilian administration on a trade mission.

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, whose country holds the European Union's rotating presidency, said that he's "truly anxious about the attitude Brazil seems to have adopted right now regarding" fires in the Amazon.

The state of Amazonas has declared an emergency as the fires rage out of control.

Brazil's Amazon rainforest has witnessed tens of thousands of fires so far this year, with some of the most intense blazes to ravage the region for nearly a decade.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted on Thursday: "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we can not afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity".

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the wildfires an global crisis and said the leaders of the G7 group of nations should hold urgent discussions about them during their summit in France this weekend.

"Instead of posing for photographs with far-right Brazilian politicians, ministers should be calling on Brazil to do everything they can to protect the rainforest".

A close ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticised for failing to publicly speak out during a trip to Brazil about the damage being wreaked upon the Amazon rainforest by wildfires.

"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 (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil)".


Advisers to the G7 leaders are discussing concrete measures to be decided on during the summit this weekend in France, a French diplomatic source said on Friday. He went on to say there are "suspicions" that ranchers are behind the forest fires and appealed to the Brazilian people to "help us" combat the blazes.

Conservationists say Mr Bolsonaro has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land.

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (7) and Brazil soccer captain Dani Alves (8) also posted one of the most widely shared misleading images - the picture taken by photographer McIntyre before 2003.

Ireland also threatened to block the trade deal.

Brazil's lower house speaker, Rodrigo Maia, said on Twitter he would create "an external committee" to monitor the burning of the rainforest, and he vowed to form a group "to evaluate the situation and propose solutions to the government".

Amnesty International said Brazilian government failures are responsible for fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

The mayor of Manaus, Brazil's largest city in the Amazon, told reporters Friday the rainforest was "fundamental for the world".

Deforestation accelerated more than 60% in June 2019 over the same period a year ago, INPE's data shows.

Paraguay and Bolivia are battling separate wildfires that have devastated large areas of their rainforests.

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