Dozens of high-profile American celebrities — including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, Katy Perry, and Mark Ruffalo — signed a letter this week pressuring President Joe Biden not to engage in any negotiations on environmental issues with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro announced a campaign this week to attract international investment in the protection of the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest ecosystem of its kind. He announced Thursday, during remarks to Biden’s “Leaders Summit on Climate,” that his government would double the budget for inspections to ensure compliance with environmental laws and would expand investments in clean energy.
Bolsonaro’s administration said last week it was seeking at least $1 billion in compensation from the world for conservation efforts it has already made in the Amazon.
The conservative president’s new environmental policy push prompted outrage from Hollywood activists.
“We urge your Administration to … not commit to any