Leonardo DiCaprio's new environmental fund pledges $5 million to fight Amazon fires

  • Leonardo DiCaprio's new environmental fund pledges $5 million to fight Amazon fires

Leonardo DiCaprio's new environmental fund pledges $5 million to fight Amazon fires

The fund was started by Earth Alliance, the organization that DiCaprio co-founded with Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Shethe.

The funds will be distributed directly to local partners and the indigenous communities protecting the Amazon against the surge of fires now burning the region, the organization conveyed in a post.

After creating the Earth Alliance with philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth in July, the 44-year-old actor launched the Amazon Forest Fund on Sunday to raise money to help fix the "lungs of the planet".

Macron also revealed that United States president Donald Trump was not present during the session on climate change however he added that "his team was there", and that the U.S. supported the initiative.

Fires are frequent in Brazil's annual dry season, but Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said that as of August 21 more than 75,000 fires had broken out across the Amazon since the beginning of the year, threatening indigenous peoples' land as well as the area's biodiversity.

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"100 percent of your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon".

The team of independent Scientist and conservationists made an initial dedicated of $5 million and encouraged people to donate. "This is a significant increase from the 40,000 fires in Brazil at this point a year ago", the Amazon Forest Fund stated on the program's newly created homepage.

Previously Bolsonaro claimed that Brazil lacked the necessary resources, and his policies regarding rainforest industry are thought to be fuelling the blaze (the WWF calls the near 75,000 Amazon fires recorded this year "a direct outcome of accelerated deforestation").

According to the Earth Alliance, more than 72,000 fires have been reported so far this year, which is up from the 40,000 fires Brazil's National Institute for Space Research recorded at this point last year. "The fund was set up to help local partners and the indigenous communities on the front lines protecting the Amazon". That hasn't impressed celebrities, who have taken to social media to ask the President to do more. The rate at which natural resources are being depleted, global warming is rising and climate is changing; a serious threat has been imposed on this planet and every species residing in it.