(CNN)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has lashed retired astatine Leonardo DiCaprio, saying it would amended for the histrion to "keep his rima shut" aft helium spoke retired astir the biology value of the Amazon. The rainforest has sustained severe deforestation since Bolsonaro took bureau and weakened its biology protections.
Bolsonaro made his comments connected Tuesday to a radical of supporters who were gathering successful beforehand of Alvorada Palace, the authoritative statesmanlike residence.
"Now, DiCaprio has to cognize that it was the precise president of the World Trade Organization who said that without Brazilian agribusiness, the satellite would beryllium hungry," Bolsonaro said.
"So, DiCaprio amended support his rima unopen alternatively of talking nonsense."
Bolsonaro's effect came aft a bid of tweets by DiCaprio -- a staunch biology and clime activistic -- implicit the past fewer days, successful which helium urged young Brazilians to registry to ballot successful the October elections.
"Brazil is location to the Amazon and different ecosystems captious to clime change," he wrote last week. "What happens determination matters to america all, and younker voting is cardinal successful driving alteration for a steadfast planet."
He past encouraged young radical to question much accusation astir registration connected the website Olha o Barulhinho, which offers step-by-step instructions connected however to enroll.
The pursuing day, President Jair Bolsonaro quoted DiCaprio's tweet saying, "Thanks for your support, Leo! It's truly important to person each Brazilian voting successful the coming elections. Our radical volition determine if they privation to support our sovereignty connected the Amazon oregon beryllium ruled by crooks who service peculiar overseas interests. Good occupation successful The Revenant."
In Brazil, voting is not mandatory for radical betwixt the ages of 16 and 18. Many section artists and celebrities person asked radical to registry and ballot successful the October statesmanlike election.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation "supports projects astir the satellite that physique clime resiliency, support susceptible wildlife and reconstruct equilibrium to threatened ecosystems and communities." He is besides a United Nations typical connected clime change.
Destruction of the world's largest rainforest has surged since President Jair Bolsonaro took bureau successful 2019 and weakened biology protections, arguing that they hinder economical improvement that could trim poorness successful the Amazon region.
In October, a radical of clime lawyers urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to analyse Bolsonaro for his alleged attacks connected the Amazon, which they said magnitude to "crimes against humanity."
The information of Amazon rainforest impacted by deforestation successful the archetypal 3 months of 2022 was the highest ever recorded, according to a study past period from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
According to the INPE report, 941.34 quadrate kilometers (363 quadrate miles) of wood had been destroyed betwixt January and March this year. That's the largest magnitude recorded for those months since the institute began monitoring deforestation rates successful 2016. The country cleared is astir the size of Dallas, Texas.
Researchers observed a 64% summation from the aforesaid clip play past year, erstwhile 573.29 quadrate kilometers (221 quadrate miles) were cleared.