Since the beginning of the year, many fires have torn through the Amazon rainforest. Over the summer, the area was set ablaze for three straight weeks. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio decided to step in and donate $5 million through his Amazon Forest Fund.
Every Bit Counts
The Amazon Forest Fund is from his own environmental foundation Earth Alliance, which launched in July. “The Amazon rainforest is on fire, with more than 9,000 wildfires scorching delicate, irreplaceable landscapes across Brazil this week— a 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,” it states on the Amazon Forest Fund’s website.
Aside from DiCaprio’s donation, the Amazon Forest Fund allows others to donate. Whether it’s $25 or $250, 100% of donations will go towards helping the rainforest. DiCaprio has been urging fans to donate to whatever they can to save the area. “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,” DiCaprio stated on Instagram.
Taking Care Of The Planet
Since Titanic, DiCaprio has found ways to protect the environment through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. In 2007, he co-wrote and narrated the documentary The 11th Hour. National Geographic gave the film the Earthwatch Environmental Film Award. Since the film, the actor found himself more involved with climate change. “I am consumed by this. There isn’t a couple of hours a day where I’m not thinking about it. It’s this slow burn. It’s not ‘aliens invading our planet next week and we have to get up and fight to defend our country,’ but it’s this inevitable thing, and it’s so terrifying,” DiCaprio told Rolling Stone. DiCaprio also produced the documentaries Cowspiracy, Before the Flood, and Ice on Fire.
At the 2016 Oscars, he used his acceptance speech to talk about environmentalism. “Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating,” he said at the Oscars. “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”
Everyone’s Joining The Battle
DiCaprio isn’t alone in this fight to save the Amazon rainforest. Actress Salma Hayek got involved after hearing about the tragedy through Instagram. “Thanks to all of you who used my Instagram to bring attention to the Amazonian fires. I hear you, and I unite myself with you. I have already started participating in the reforestation. The world should come together to heal and protect the lungs of our planet. Brazil and Peru I’m with you,” Hayek said on Instagram. Actor Robert Sheehan began making a monthly donation to Rainforest Alliance. “If you like me feel utter despair at what’s happening to the #AmazonRainforest this is a REALLY good way to help. I just made a small monthly donation to @RnfrstAlliance for forests, wildlife & the future health of our planet. For the price of a coffee,” Sheehan tweeted.
While the crisis occurs, it’s great knowing celebrities like DiCaprio are doing their part in helping the environment.
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