Jagger Named Peru Rainforest 'Ambassador'

Becomes regional 'ally' in fight to protect ecosystem
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 13, 2011 3:57 PM CDT
Mick Jagger is escorted by bodyguards before departing at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Javier Quispe, La Primera Newspaper)
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(Newser) – Now that he's saving the rainforest, maybe Mick Jagger will finally get that long-elusive satisfaction. The Rolling Stone has been dubbed an honorary ambassador for tourism to a region of Peru's Amazon, AFP reports. "You are our ally. Your presence is a great support in our fight to protect our ecology, to the effort to draw world attention to the Madre de Dios area," an official told Jagger today in Peru.

As ambassador, Jagger's job is to raise awareness of the area and help protect it. The rocker was showered with gifts from the area's indigenous people; items ranged from bows and arrows to a "sacred mantle" reserved for the most important chiefs. During his visit to the country this week, Jagger also met with Peruvian president Ollanta Humala. Later, he'll head to Machu Picchu to see the ruins.

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