Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million to help fight the fires in the Amazon rainforest.
Earth Alliance, an organization DiCaprio formed with Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, created an Amazon emergency fund to aid the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants.
The $5 million and other donations will go toward "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 an Instagram post.
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#Regram #RG @earthalliance #EarthAlliance, launched in July by @LeonardoDiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth, has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with a commitment of $5 million dollars 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. Join Us. 100 percent of your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon. Earth Alliance is committed to helping protect the natural world. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance of climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing of indigenous peoples. To learn more or to donate, please visit ealliance.org/amazonfund (see link in bio) Photos: @chamiltonjames, @danielbeltraphoto 2017
The state of Amazonas has declared a national emergency due to the fires that have been burning for weeks. Most consider the region's slash-and-burn farming techniques to be the cause of the fires.
The Amazon rainforest is often referred to as "the lungs of the planet" due to the amount of oxygen it provides.