Actors and musicians asked Biden not to enter into climate agreements with Bolsonaro

Among those who signed the appeal are Hollywood actor and eco-activist Leonardo DiCaprio, Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix, Orlando Bloom, Jane Fonda, and Sigourney Weaver, musicians Katy Perry and Roger Watters, and others, Folha de S.Paulo writes.

A group of American and Brazilian cultural figures sent an appeal to US President Joe Biden with a request not to conclude environmental agreements with the current Brazilian government led by Jair Bolsonaro until there is a real reduction in deforestation the equatorial Amazon forests. This was reported on Tuesday by the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo.

“Urgent action is needed to address the threats to the Amazon, climate, and human rights, but an agreement with Bolsonaro is not an option. We are in favor of continuing the dialogue with the indigenous peoples and traditional communities of the Amazon basin, the authorities below the federal level and civil society <…>, before making any promises or allocating any funds,” the publication quotes the text of the message.

Among those who signed the appeal are Hollywood actor and eco-activist Leonardo DiCaprio, Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix, Orlando Bloom, Jane Fonda, and Sigourney Weaver, musicians Katy Perry and Roger Watters. It was signed by musicians Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, actors Sonia Braga and Wagner Moura, and others on the Brazilian side. All of them accuse Bolsonaro of increasing the rate of illegal logging of the equatorial rain forests of the Amazon, increasing the number of incursions of so-called black seekers and loggers into the territories of the indigenous population of the region, and systematically violating the rights of local environmentalists.

In early April, about 200 public associations in Brazil sent Biden a letter asking him not to enter into agreements with the Bolsonaro government since it, in their opinion, does not have the legitimacy to represent Brazil.

The United States intends to hold an international summit on combating climate change on April 22-23. 40 world leaders are invited to it.

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