US actor Leonardo DiCaprio gives global exposure to Romanian forests protests


Romania’s forests may struggle to find a voice among the country’s political class, but the Hollywood touch nets global exposure for the story.

U.S. actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio shared a Greenpeace post on Instagram on Wednesday about the protests around Romania on Nov. 3 against illegal logging and attacks on forest rangers.

The post racked up more than 380,000 likes.

“More than 4,000 people marched last night on the streets of Bucharest, demanding the Romanian Ministry of Forest to put an end to illegal logging and real protection for Europe’s last virgin forests,” the Greenpeace post reads.

It went on to say that each year, 38 million cubic meters of wood disappear from Romania’s forests, most of it due to illegal logging.

The post also mentions “hundreds of attacks on forest rangers, including two who have been brutally murdered, for protecting these forests.”

 “From the Amazon to Romania, attacks against forest defenders are increasing. We need to protect the forests and the people who protect them.” covered the protest.



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