DiCaprio donates R76 million to stop Amazon fire

By Doug Mattushek - 26 August 2019Views : 464

Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $5 million to help fight the fires destroying the Amazon rainforest.

The Oscar-winning actor pledged money through his environmental foundation, Earth Alliance, which has setup the Amazon Forest Fund that will provide financial aid to people on the ground in Brazil and indigenous communities working to protect the forest.

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"The Amazon rainforest is on fire, with more than 9000 wildfires scorching delicate, irreplaceable landscapes across Brazil this week, year to date, more than 72 000 fires have been reported by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This is a significant increase from the 40 000 fires in Brazil at this point last year," read a statement from Earth Alliance.

"The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is rapidly releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, destroying an ecosystem that absorbs millions of tons of carbon emissions every year and is one of the planet's best defences against the climate crisis.

"In addition, indigenous peoples' land covers about 110 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon, making the region critical not just for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, but also for the cultural survival, self-determination, and wellbeing of the Amazon's indigenous peoples."