EntertainmentLeonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance Commits $5 Million to Amazon Fires
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, an environmental initiative backed by , has committed $5 million toward the preservation of the Amazon rain forest following an alarming surge in wildfires.
After launching Sunday, the organization’s emergency Amazon Forest Fund 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).
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A record number of fires have been raging for three weeks.
According to the fund’s, more than 72,000 fires have been reported by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) — a stark increase from last year’s 40,000 fires, which can largely be attributed to an unprecedented surge in deforestation by cattle operations and feed crops.
The fires have also sparked widespread outrage online, promptingto use their social media platforms to raise awareness.
“The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution,” DiCaprio said in an. “Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check.”
Founded in July by DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth,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.
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Fund backed by DiCaprio pledges $5M to Amazon amid fires
NEW YORK (AP) — A new environmental foundation backed by Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million in aid to the Amazon, which has been swept by wildfires.
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Video: Pope calls for global effort to put out Amazon fires (via Reuters):
Bolivian forest fires destroy two million hectares.
Scientists from La Paz estimate that regeneration of the local ecosystem will take about 300 years. The government is under pressure to declare a national emergency. Defence Minister Javier Zavaleta blamed people for starting the fires, calling them "saboteurs" who are playing a "macabre game". "We put out the fires and there are people behind us that are starting them again… We cannot control wildfires like this," he said. High temperatures and strong winds also stoked the flames over the weekend.
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