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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro recalled Leonardo DiCaprio’s recent tweet about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, telling the actor and climate activist, “give up your yacht before giving conferences to the world.”

DiCaprio asked his 19.6 million Twitter followers the question: “How extensive is deforestation in the Amazon, one of the most important places on the planet for people and wildlife?

“According to this map from @mapbiomas, the region has faced an onslaught of illegal deforestation at the hands of the mining industry for the past 3 years,” DiCaprio wrote, sharing a chart from Brazilian deforestation data collector MapBiomas showing an increase. from January 2019 -2022.

“You again, Leo?” Bolsonaro, who has 8.4 million followers on Twitter, wrote in response to DiCaprio’s tweet. “So you will become my best electoral cable, as they say in Brazil! I could tell you, once again, to give up your yacht before teaching the world, but I know progressives: you want to change the whole world but never yourself, so I’ll let you out of trouble. “

THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON SEES A DEFORESTATION RECORD IN 2022

Leonardo DiCaprio looks before speaking on stage during the Parisian premiere of the documentary film “Before the Flood” on October 17, 2016, at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris, before launching a passionate call for immediate action.
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DiCaprio was designated a United Nations Climate Change Messenger of Peace in 2014 and also reportedly sits on the board of several environmental organizations, including WWF, Natural Resources Defense Council, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Pristine Seas and Oceans 5.

Still, the actor and activist was recently photographed partying with A-list friends, including Toby McGuire, on a luxury yacht in St. Tropez via the French Riviera, according to Page Six.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the opening day of the 2022 Global Agribusiness Forum on July 25, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the opening day of the 2022 Global Agribusiness Forum on July 25, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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The Associated Press reported last week of a new study by the Brazilian think tank Igarapé Institute that found that environmental criminals in the Brazilian Amazon have destroyed public rainforests equal to the size of El Salvador over the past six years, yet the Federal Police , the Brazilian version of the FBI – only made seven operations aimed at this huge loss.

It analyzed 302 environmental crime raids carried out by federal police in the Amazon between 2016 and 2021. Only 2% targeted people who illegally seized unspecified public land.

Aerial view showing a deforested area of ​​the Amazon rainforest seen during a flight between Manaus and Manicore, Amazonas state, Brazil, on June 6, 2022.

Aerial view showing a deforested area of ​​the Amazon rainforest seen during a flight between Manaus and Manicore, Amazonas state, Brazil, on June 6, 2022.
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The destruction has occurred in state and federal forests that are “unallocated,” meaning they do not have a designated use as national parks and indigenous territories do.

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According to official data, the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has around 224,000 square miles of forest in this category, or an area nearly the size of Ukraine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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