Leonardo DiCaprios Earth Alliance Commits 5 Million to Amazon Fires

first_imgStay on target Outrage and concern have intensified over the past week after Brazil’s space research center INPE identified a record-breaking surge in fires in the Amazon forest.“The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution,” DiCaprio said in an Instagram post. “Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check.” The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and other countries that believe Brazil’s right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro has neglected commitments to protect the environment, according to CBS News.In response, the Bolsonaro administration claimed — without presenting any evidence — that nongovernmental organizations could have started the fires to undermine the far-right president, the New York Times reported.Protestors gather in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 26, 2019 to denounce the environmental policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, claiming they are leading tothe Amazon Rainforest’s destruction by fire. (Photo Credit: Horacio Villalobos / Corbis via Getty Images)Indigenous leaders in the most affected regions of the Amazon have described seeing wildlife fleeing the flames.“We saw wild pigs, tapirs, armadillos, anteaters, snakes in larger numbers than we are used to,” Adriano Karipuna, a leader in the Karipuna indigenous community, told the New York Times. “We saw the forest covered in smoke, and the sky darkened. Our eyes became red due to the smoke.”The Earth Alliance was founded in July by DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, and is 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.More on Geek.com:UN Report: 1 Million Species Face Extinction Due to HumansBefore and After Photos: Drought Wipes Chilean Lake From the MapLandmark UN Report Urges Action on Environment, Climate Change Many environmental organizations have announced their efforts to provide aid to the affected region and indigenous communities, and Earth Alliance announced the $5 million pledge over the weekend.“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,” the Earth Alliance said Sunday.The foundation says 100 percent of donations will be distributed directly to local partners and the indigenous communities protecting the Amazon.center_img A new environmental foundation founded by actor Leonardo DiCaprio has committed $5 million toward efforts to fight the raging fires currently devastating the Amazon rainforest.The Earth Alliance will address urgent threats against the planet, and has launched the Amazon Forest Fund, an emergency fund with an initial commitment of $5 million to focus critical resources on the key protections needed to maintain the iconic forest, also called the “lungs of the planet.” Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month last_img