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Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $5 Million To Help Save The Amazon

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Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $5 Million To Help Save The Amazon

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $5 Million To Help Save The Amazon

Leonardo DiCaprio, has pledged $5 million to help combat the rampant wildfires currently destroying the Amazon rainforest.

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As we previously reported, the Amazon Forest Fund is currently seeking donations to “focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region,” according to Instagram.

DiCaprio, who has helped set up the environmental Earth Alliance with the billionaires Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, announced the big donation over the weekend in an Instagram post that read,

“The lungs of the Earth are in flames. The Brazilian Amazon – home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species – has been burning for more than two weeks straight.”

The pledges come as the fires continue to spread. Many believe that they were set by farmers and ranchers, with the tacit approval of Brazil’s anti-environmentalist president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has reduced environmental protections. Macron and Bolsonaro sparred over such accusations over the weekend.

Now, if these fires are not contained the consequences could be extreme. Experts warn, not only for the people who call the rainforest home, but for the entire planet.

“The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is rapidly releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, destroying an ecosystem that absorbs millions of tons of carbon emissions every year and is one of the planet’s best defenses against the climate crisis,” Earth Alliance Earth wrote.

“In addition, indigenous peoples’ land covers about 110m hectares of the Brazilian Amazon, making the region critical … for the cultural survival, self-determination, and wellbeing of the Amazon’s indigenous peoples.”

In addition to Dicaprio’s donation, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, confirmed that the group had committed $20m of their own to combat the fires during the G7 summit meeting this morning, which Donald Trump did not attend.

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RELATED: Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Burning At A Rapid Rate


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