Ricardo Siqueira/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images; @gisele/Instagram
Stacey Leasca
September 19, 2017

Gisele Bündchen is lending her powerful voice (and her social media accounts), to a very important cause: ending the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

During a recent trip to her home country, Brazil, the world's highest-paid supermodel shared several updates to her social channels, pleading with the world to pay attention to the region's rainforest.

Bündchen began her trip with a snap from the forest with a caption that read: “The Amazon forest helps maintain the balance so life can continue on our planet. It’s our duty to protect it. Our lives depend on the health of our planet.”

She next shared a stunning drone video high above the Amazon’s canopy, saying, “the Amazon rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth, and therefore in each of our lives."

Related: What to See in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest

"In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say no to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest's protection! Say no to ore mining in the heart of the forest!”

While her message is serious, Bündchen still made time to have a little bit of fun while visiting her homeland. She even took to the stage at the 2017 Rock In Rio Festival, an event held each year to raise awareness for environmental issues.

There, the 37-year-old introduced the song, “Imagine,” by The Beetles, and stayed onstage to sing alongside Brazilian performer Ivete Sangalo.

Following the emotional and powerful performance, Bündchen took one more snapshot, and posted it with a caption encouraging readers to, “open [their] heart."

"Feel the love expanding within you," Bündchen wrote, "because it is only through LOVE that we will transform our world.”

In her Instagram bio, Bündchen also points to the site Believe.earth, which provides further education on how each of us can make a difference, big or small, to “reverse the climate crisis and create the future we want for our planet.” 

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