Celebrities React to Amazon Forest Fires With Heartfelt Messages
The Amazon Forest has been on fire and has received no media coverage. Celebrities are speaking out on the critical issue at hand and the importance of highlighting it
If you’ve had a quick scroll through your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram feed, then you’ve probably seen several posts of the Amazon Forest set ablaze and surrounded by smoke. The forest has been on fire for the past three weeks, with no mention of it having been made in the international media; until now. The forest continues to burn so intensely that smoke from the blaze has covered nearby cities in a dark haze. While the size of the fires still remains unclear, they are spread over several large Amazon states in northwest Brazil. On August 11, NASA noted that the fires were large enough that they could be spotted from space.
News outlets across the world are now reporting that Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported a record 72,843 fires this year, an 80 percent increase from last year. More than 9,000 of those fires have been spotted in the past week. “This is without any question one of only two times that there have been fires like this,” in the Amazon, says Thomas Lovejoy, an ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large.
Environmentalists have been raising the alarm about deforestation since the country’s current president Jair Bolsonaro was elected in 2018. A major part of his campaign message called for opening up the Amazon for business, and since he’s been in power, he’s done just that. While in previous years, fires were related to the lack of rain, this time sources point to the fact the deforestation is on the rise, more so than ever before.
The tragic fires and the damage that is being caused to the environment from them have led to the rise of lots of talk about it on social media with several hashtags trending. Hashtags including, #PrayforTheAmazon, #PrayforTheAmazonia and #PrayforAmazon have been trending across social media since last night, with many angered by the fact that there has been no media coverage of the grave situation.
Celebrities, environmentalists and notable personalities have taken to social media to express the dismay caused by the Amazonian fires and ways of helping the environment and protecting the forest have also been circulating on various social media platforms. Leonardo DiCaprio, who is an advocate for environmentally friendly practices, took to his Instagram account and shared a post by environmentalist and future astronaut, Nick Rose highlighting the issue at hand.
“Terrifying to think that the Amazon is the largest rain forest on the planet, creating 20% of the earth’s oxygen, basically the lungs of the world, has been on fire and burning for the last 16 days running, with literally NO media coverage whatsoever! Why?” the post was captioned.
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#Regram #RG @IamNickRose: Terrifying to think that the Amazon is the largest rain forest on the planet, creating 20% of the earth’s oxygen, basically the lungs of the world, has been on fire and burning for the last 16 days running, with literally NO media coverage whatsoever! Why?
Pakistani actress Armeena Khan took to Twitter and also expressed her views on the Amazon fires. Okay on a different note guys, the “lungs” of the earth are on fire. If the Amazon goes, we the humans will go. This is THE biggest emergency and we are all oblivious. Why the hell is no mainstream channel talking about this? #savetheamazon #AmazonFire,” she penned in her note.
Okay on a different note guys, the “lungs” of the earth are on fire. If the Amazon goes, we the humans will go. This is THE biggest emergency and we are all oblivious. Why the hell is no mainstream channel talking about this? #savetheamazon #AmazonFire https://t.co/dlO4c5cTXL— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) 21 August 2019
Meanwhile, Bollywood actors, Ishaan Khatter, Sonam Kapoor and Fatima Sana Shaikh took to their Instagram accounts and reshared posts from different accounts, of the tragedy in the Amazon, to their own Instagram stories.
Sonam Kapoor's Instagram Story
Actor Arjun Kapoor also took to his Instagram story and shared an elaborate post about the rainforests on fire. “It’s scary how bad the fire at the Amazon Rainforest is!! I can’t even begin to imagine the impact this will have on the world environment. It is truly saddening. #PrayforAmazon,” he wrote in his post.
Arjun Kapoor's Instagram Story
Actress Anushka Sharma too took to social media to share the devastating news with a picture of the Amazon burning away. She wrote, “The Amazon rainforest has been burning for weeks and we are just finding out about this!! This is such scary news! Amazon forests are the lungs of this already suffering planet and they are on fire now! I wish this got more importance from world media! ! #saveamazon,” she wrote to accompany the post.
Alia Bhatt also shared Leonardo DiCaprio’s post and captioned it with the words, “This is Heartbreaking.”
Alia Bhatt's Instagram Story
American-Cuban singer-songwriter, Camila Cabello also used her Instagram account to highlight the issue at hand. “this is heartbreaking and terrifying. This makes me want to cry with frustration. what are we DOING? We’re literally destroying our miracle of a home, I’m so sorry, earth #AmazonRainforest,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, the rest of Twitter has been abuzz with tweets, pictures and heartfelt messages for the Amazon Forest and are urging immediate action. Here’s what people had to say:
The AMAZON rainforest has now been burning for 16 DAYS Non stop??— Parag Govil (@ParryGovil) 22 August 2019
The amazon is responsible for 20% of the world’s OXYGEN
THIS IS AS SCARY AS IT GETS!!!
When NOTRE DAME BURNT EVERY SECOND. It was on every news channel & billionaires rescued it in hours.#PrayForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/HnYAU5HSJE
The Amazon Forest contributes to 20% of the Earth’s oxygen and is known as the earth’s lungs. Protecting the world’s largest rainforest is critical to prevent escalating climate change. It now becomes the responsibility of all of us to ensure the forest’s safety and protection.