Apple will donate to preserve the Amazon, CEO Tim Cook promises | Brazil

THE Apple make a donation to preserve the Amazon and restore its biodiversity, promises CEO Tim Cook. The G7, a group of the world’s richest countries, offered $ 20 million in aid for the same purpose, but the government must refuse the money. Between January and August, the number of fires in Brazil reached the highest level since 2013, according to data from Inpe (National Institute for Space Research).

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“It is devastating to see fires and destruction ruining the Amazon rainforest, one of the most important ecosystems in the world. Apple will make a donation to help preserve its biodiversity and restore the indispensable Amazon rainforest in Latin America, ”wrote Cook on twitter.

According to Inpe, the Amazon concentrates 52.5% of 2019 fire outbreaks. The number of fires in forest areas increased 82% compared to the same period last year, from January to August.

Environment Minister Ricardo Salles says that this occurs due to drought and high temperatures in the North; “In any case, deforestation also contributes to this issue of fires”.

Cook is the first technology executive to offer help to the Amazon publicly. He also donated money on behalf of Apple after the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

According to the MacRumors, Cook donated about $ 5 million in Apple shares last week to an unidentified charity. The figure appears in a document from the SEC, the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In August 2018, the CEO also gave $ 5 million in shares to the charity. He said a few years ago that he plans to donate most of his fortune.

Brazil will refuse to transfer € 20 million from the G7

The Earth Alliance announced the creation of an emergency fund for the Amazon, which will donate US $ 5 million (about R $ 20 million) to environmental and indigenous NGOs in Brazil. The entity was created by businesswoman and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow; and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

The G7 also promised to help the Amazon with a transfer of € 20 million (about R $ 90 million) to the Brazilian government. The matter was discussed at a summit meeting; the group consists of Germany, Canada, USA, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.

However, the Minister of the Civil House, Onyx Lorenzoni, tells the G1 that the government will reject this donation. In his statement, he mentions the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the Notre Dame fire.

“We are grateful, but perhaps these resources are more relevant for reforesting Europe. Macron can’t even prevent a predictable fire in a church that is a patrimony of humanity and what to teach our country? He has a lot to take care of at home and in the French colonies, ”said Onyx.

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