Celebrities React to the Amazon Fires

They’re using their platforms to share how you can help.

If you’ve been on social media over the past two days, you may have come across this hot topic: the Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate and has been for a little over two weeks. In fact, the fires have increased by 84 percent since last year. This has only recently become part of mainstream news, and now people are scrambling to find ways to help in this frustrating situation.

Many celebs have used their power to share awareness and ways we can contribute to preserving what is commonly referred to as (or left of) the Earth’s lungs. Indeed, the Amazon is responsible for producing 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen. Many are putting the blame on Brazil’s newly-elected far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who reversed policies meant to protect the Amazon from deforestation and cattle farming only a few hours after assuming office.

There’s been a global outcry from people that are deeply angered by the situation, including people like the Kardashians, environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande.

Grande took to her Instagram stories to share the news, writing: “If you’re not from Brazil and don’t have no clue about what’s happening here, here it goes,” Grande wrote. “The largest rainforest in the world is on fire for the sixteenth day. And the media is not giving a f–k for this. #PrayForAmazonia.” Several others reposted her stories, including Demi Lovato and Noah Cyrus.

Members of the Kardashian clan used their impressive platform to raise awareness, with Kendall Jenner posting photos of the fires along with the words “Our lungs are burning.” Kylie Jenner shared a screenshot of singer Miguel’s post and Kourtney shared a link to ways people can help. Khloe shared screenshots of a post on the issue with Kim following her approach, sharing screenshots of Saint Hoax‘s post.

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Once again the media has failed to circulate such critical news. I only found out about these fires today, although they started 3 weeks ago.  But I’m not here to lecture mainstream media outlets, because we’re running out of time. If they won’t do their job, we need to do it for them. We must utilize social media in order to raise awareness about climate change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested that people should “poop less” as a way to save the environment, after he came under fire for a surge in deforestation of the Amazon since he came to power. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since 60% of the Amazon rainforest is contained within Brazil, Bolsonaro has full control over the future of the Amazon. And as you may know the future of the Amazon deeply impacts the future of the earth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, often called the “lungs of the earth” because of the vast amounts of carbon dioxide it soaks up and recycles into oxygen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It produces 20% of the air we breathe. It also produces 20% of the world's fresh water. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m feeling helpless. So I decided to do the only thing I can do at the moment, and that is to raise as much awareness as possible. I encourage you to do the same.

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Camila Cabello was one of the few celebs to repost Leonardo DiCaprio’s post on the matter.

Here’s hoping their input can make a difference in this environmental catastrophe. If you want to help, here’s a website with links to organisms that help the Amazon rainforest.

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