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Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $5 Million To Fight Amazon Fires

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Leonardo DiCaprio has always been passionate about the environment. The actor established his charitable organization, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, all the way back in 1999 with the aim of “protecting the world’s last wild places.” Since then, he’s worked consistently to educate others on the importance of caring for our environment and he’s never hesitated to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to supporting the cause.

Because of this, it was no surprise to hear that the DiCaprio’s new environmental venture with friends Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, Earth Alliance, has pledged $5 million to fight fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. According to a tweet posted by the organization on Sunday, they hope that the money will “focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires.”

Earth Alliance, which merged with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in July 2019, plans to split their funds between five separate organizations focused on “combating the fires, protecting indigenous lands, and providing relief to the communities impacted.” The money will go to Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida (Kayapo), Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), Instituto Kabu (Kayapo), Instituto Raoni (Kayapo) and Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), according to CNN.

The Amazon provides roughly 20% of the planet’s oxygen supply and has been referred to as “the world’s lungs.” While fires in the area aren’t necessarily uncommon, far more have occurred in 2019 than in previous years and the rate of destruction in the area is incredibly worrisome. As world leaders have come together to come up with a plan, DiCaprio naturally wanted to become involved.

According to a press release, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation made a considerable contribution to protecting the environment, writing, “Since its founding in 1998, LDF has provided more than $100 million in grants to projects in all five oceans and across all seven continents.”

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