Celebrities React to the Amazon Fires

Celebrities React to the Amazon Fires

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

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

Text: Fred Sahai

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.

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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