Sting has broken his silence on the Amazon rainforest fire, condemning Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro’s ignorance towards the environmental crisis.
The rainforest has been on fire for close to a month now, resulting in the world’s leading conservationists and environmentalists begging for action from billionaires and business. Now, top celebrity eco-warrior Sting has added his notes, insisting politicians should be doing more.
Sting, in a Facebook post, said: “None of us, including me, can be complacent about the tragic dimensions of the disaster taking place in the Amazon as I write. Amazonia is on fire at an unprecedented rate – 80 per cent up from last year and with 39 per cent more deforestation - and the world is suddenly taking notice.
"We appeal to the Brazilian government to change the policy that has opened up Amazonia for exploitation. Nationalist rhetoric has effectively ignited the flames which threaten to engulf the most important living laboratory on the planet. Countless species are in danger of immediate extinction,” he added.
French leader, Emmanuel Macron offered US$20 million as aid to help recover the Amazon Rainforest at the ongoing G7 Summit – which Bolsonaro rejected due to Macron's words towards the Brazilian president.
Bolsonaro told Reuters, “First of all, Macron has to withdraw his insults. He called me a liar. Before we talk or accept anything from France... he must withdraw these words then we can talk, first he withdraws, then offers (aid), then I will answer."
Sting co-founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund in 1987.