Leonardo DiCaprio's new initiative, called Earth Alliance, just pledged $5 million to the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon has been burning for weeks, and the damage is so big, you can see it from space.
On the Instagram post, they revealed their pledge through an emergency Amazon Forest Fund "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." 100 percent of the donations will go to the Amazon.
According to the Earth Alliance website, the donations will go to five of their partner organizations:
- Instituto Associação Floresta Protegida (Kayapo)
- Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)
- Instituto Kabu (Kayapo)
- Instituto Raoni (Kayapo)
- Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)
Leo has been actively posting on social media. Last week, he wrote, "The lungs of the Earth are in flames. The Brazilian Amazon—home to one million Indigenous people and three million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84 percent increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January."
"Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth's warming in check."
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