Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio was challenged by the Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao to go for an eight-hour hike in the Amazon to witness that the rainforest is not actually burning.
The vice-president said at an event on sustainable development in the Amazon organized by the National Industrial Confederation (CNI) that “I’d like to invite our most recent critic, the actor Leonardo DiCaprio, to come with me to Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira (in northern Brazil) and walk eight hours through the jungle. He’ll get a better understanding of how things work in this immense region.
While Leaonardo had shared The Guardian’s post with images of the world’s biggest rainforest in flames on his own Instagram account Friday . The post was accompanied with the caption citing a satellite data from Brazil’s space agency, INPE, showing the number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon in July increased 28 percent year-on-year, with early numbers for August also showing an increase.
Oscar Winning actor and environmentalist has been vocal about the environmental problems and said in an interview to Rolling Stone , “ I am consumed by this. There isn’t a couple of hours a day where I’m not thinking about it. It’s this slow burn. It’s not ‘aliens invading our planet next week and we have to get up and fight to defend our country,’ but it’s this inevitable thing, and it’s so terrifying.”