The world reacted in shock and horror after seeing photos of Brazil's Amazon rainforest in smoke and flames. The Amazon is the largest rainforest on the planet, and is often referred to as the "earth's lungs" because it produces 20% of the oxygen in our atmosphere. These disturbing images combined with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's recent announcement that July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth have left many feeling panicked and outraged, celebrities included. In fact, a number of high-profile celebs have spoken out about the Amazon crisis in attempts to raise awareness, and call their fans to action.
Ariana Grande shared the tweet below on her Instagram story along with multiple other images. Kendall Jenner,Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Demi Lovato and Sofia Richie all shared the same tweet with similar images.
Leonardo DiCaprio, a historically outspoken climate activist, shared multiple photos of the burning Amazon on his Instagram, including one with a quoted caption that read, "Terrifying to think that the Amazon is the largest rainforest 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?"
Kim Kardashian later added a screenshot of DiCaprio's post to her story, writing, "Does anyone know what we can do to help???" Along with a screenshot of another post of DiCaprio's indicating that July was the planet's hottest month on record. Kardashian wrote, "Ok does this not scare the sh** out of you???????"
Camila Cabello reacted to the news by sharing an Instagram post with a caption of her own:
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 #Repost @leonardodicaprio with @get_repost ・・・ #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?
A post shared by camila (@camila_cabello) on Aug 21, 2019 at 2:36pm PDT
R&B singer Miguel contributed to the conversation with a post as well, asking that his fans tag the United Nations:
Don’t pray for Brazil or the Amazon. Pray for yourself . The amazon provides 20% of our oxygen every year and it’s burning at a record rate right now and for the past 18/19 days. This is a WORLD emergency and affects all of our security. Please post and tag @unitednations .
A post shared by Miguel (@miguel) on Aug 21, 2019 at 8:31am PDT
Bobby Berk of "Queer Eye" was also moved by the crisis, and shared a lengthy instagram post letting his fans know what they could do to help the Amazon, and where they could learn more:
The lungs of our planet are currently on fire. The Amazon Rain forest produces 20% of our entire planets oxygen and it’s currently burning at a rate of 1.5 soccer fields a minute. Without vegetation to protect the land, scientist predict the rainforest will turn into a desert the likes of the Sahara. Think there is nothing you can do to help? Think again! Help buy land in the rain forest so that we can protect it even when the Brazilain government will not. These lands are being set on fire deliberately in order to clear lands for animal agriculture. Reducing your meat consumption is one action you can take on a personal level to lessen the need for more open lands. Visit @rainforesttrust to learn more. You can also reduce your paper/wood consumption or ensure you buy rainforest safe products. 🌳 🍃 Donate money to @amazonwatch for the fight against climate change or adopt a jungle animal through @wwf or @world_wildlife #amazon #amazonfire #amazonfires #rainforest #amazonrainforestfire #climatechange #brazil
A post shared by Bobby Berk (@bobby) on Aug 22, 2019 at 7:46am PDT
If you're interested in learning more and doing what you can to help save the Amazon rainforest (even if your favorite celebrity didn't post), visit https://amazonwatch.org/.