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Entertainment • Aug 24, 2019

Logan Paul mocked after trying to help Amazon Rainforest

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Logan Paul mocked after trying to help Amazon Rainforest
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American YouTuber Logan Paul has been mocked on social media, after he made enquiries as to how he could help save the Amazon rainforest. 

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The Amazon burning has been an unavoidable topic online since the fire began raging on August 15, with many celebrities tweeting to raise awareness of the fires tearing through the largest rainforest on earth. 

There is controversy surrounding the blazes in the Amazon, with some arguing wildfires are to blame, while others are holding the Brazilian government responsible for the destruction. 

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The Amazon represents over half the world's remaining rainforests.

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Regardless of the reasons behind the fires, American YouTuber Logan Paul tweeted on August 21 to ask how he could help the situation and encourage his audience to donate to support conservation efforts. 

“Amazon rainforest: how can I help?” he asked. “(I) need advice on how I can actually make a change here; these pictures are breaking my heart... this is one of the most important ecosystems on earth. Is there a fundraiser, a call to action, anything I can leverage my audience on this?”

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Despite his seemingly good intentions, Paul faced backlash from a lot of fans, with many referencing his visit to another forest, Japan’s Aokigahara, on December 31, 2017, where he filmed a dead body and uploaded it to YouTube, before facing a monumental backlash. 

One user wrote: “I just feel with your bad luck with forests, the first thing I gotta say is please don’t go to one”. Another said: “you’re just upset you can’t film any more dead bodies”. There are numerous other examples. 

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Paul did get some serious replies however, such as one from BusinessInsider writer Rebecca Harrington, who linked an article featuring a number of ways in which people can help the Amazon’s current situation

In response to the article, Paul thanked Harrington and stated that he and his team will be looking to come up with “creative solutions”. 

Others hit back at the negative response, suggesting that Paul is genuinely trying to help and there is no reason to hold past mistakes against him. 

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Regardless of the backlash Paul has faced, many prominent figures are tweeting their support for the rainforest. 

A petition entitled “Stop the burning of the Amazon rainforest!” currently sits at nearly 4 million signatures; highlighting the global outcry. 

H/T: Yahoo

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