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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance commits $5 million to Amazon rainforest fires

Leonardo DiCaprio Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 26, 2019, 12.26 PM (IST)

An environmental initiative called Earth Alliance backed by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has committed $5 million toward the preservation of the Amazon rainforest as fire engulfed large parts of the forest causing a public hue and cry.

The entire social media has been abuzz with news of the fires, with people asking for concerned authorities to look into the grave situation. 

Earth Alliance made the commitment towards an emergency Amazon Forest Fund that is working to support local partners and indigenous communities in their efforts to protect the sensitive habitats within the Amazon. The funds will be donated to five local organizations: 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 the fund’s website, more than 72,000 fires have been reported by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) — an increase from last year’s 40,000 fires, which can be largely attributed to an unprecedented surge in deforestation by cattle operations and feed crops.

Leonardo had earlier taken to his social media to raise awareness for the situation and written, “The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check.”

Founded in July by DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, Earth Alliance is a climate change organization led by an independent management team of scientists and conservationists, working to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights.