Leonardo DiCaprio took to social media to praise Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s victory in Sunday’s presidential election in Brazil.
The Oscar winner and committed environmentalist has been a keen observer of the tight race between right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and former President Lula, as the main campaign issue has been the future of the Amazon rainforest. Under Lula, Amazon deforestation declined significantly from a peak in the 1990s, but Bolsonaro’s regime has ramped up logging and development in the area called the “lungs of the Earth.”
On Sunday, DiCaprio tweeted: “The Brazilian election results provide an opportunity to change the course of history, not just for Brazil and the Amazon, but for the world.”
Given Brazil’s pivotal role in the fight against the climate crisis, a number of Hollywood celebrities took the unusual step of publicly supporting Lula in the presidential election. People like Jason Momoa, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Hamill and Barbara Streisand have tweeted in support of Lula’s candidacy.
A few hours before the election results were announced, Streisand tweeted: “The elections in Brazil could determine whether the Amazon rainforest remains the ‘lungs of the world’ or is clear for short-term gains. Our warming planet needs the Amazon to is not destroyed.”