Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Leonardo DiCaprio pledges $5 million for the relief of Amazon fires

Leonardo DiCaprio pledges $5 million for the relief of Amazon fires

According to a Brazilian G1, a news publication, Bolsonaro and the rest of the Brazilian government announced Monday it would reject the pledge.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has banned the use of fire to clear land throughout the country for 60 days, in response to the massive increase in blazing fires in the Amazon rainforest that has caused global outrage. Mr Macron had questioned the Brazilian President's trustworthiness and commitment to environmental safeguards in a sharply personal dispute between the two leaders.

"All of Europe, together, doesn't have any lessons to pass to us when it comes to preservation of the environment", the Brazilian president said.

At the end of a recent meeting between the leaders of the world's seven most powerful economies, French President Emmanuel Macron floated the possibility of sending aid to help control the proliferation of fires burning in the Amazon. Germany has also suspended a separate line of funding for Amazon projects.

"We're talking to Russia, China and France about aid", said Foreign Minister Diego Pary, who did not provide details. "Usually it goes in part to NGOs, which gives no return".

Jon Sauven, executive director at Greenpeace UK, said: "President Bolsonaro's policies and its unsurprising these brands don't want to be associated with them".

Without offering evidence, the Brazilian leader had initially suggested that non-governmental groups started the fires to try to damage the credibility of his government, which has called for looser environmental regulations in the world's largest rainforest to spur development.

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Also Thursday, Bolivia said it will ask for more worldwide help to contain similar fires that were set to clear land and, in many cases, got out of control in strong winds.

The current fires in the Amazon were set by those who are clearing the forest for cattle ranching and crops.

Meanwhile, the federal police and agents of the environmental enforcement agency Ibama raided illegal wildcat miners in the Amazon state of Para on Friday in a dramatic example of how Brazil has stepped up environmental enforcement in the wake of the rainforest fires.

A decree allowing the federal police to support environmental operations was also issued.

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Activists quickly doused hopes that the prohibition would work in the remote Amazon region where deforestation has surged this year as agencies tasked with monitoring illegal activities were weakened.

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