Leonardo DiCaprio in an appearance at the UN. EM

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Leonardo DiCaprio's commitment to the environment is well known and this weekend has shown again after donating five million dollars (4.5 million euros) to preserve the Amazon, harassed this summer by a record level of fires .

The 44-year-old actor has promised money through the Earth Alliance, an environmental foundation he created with philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth .

The foundation will provide financial assistance to local partners and indigenous communities that are working to protect the Amazon and extinguish fires, he said.

A statement on the Earth Alliance website has denounced the seriousness of the situation: "The Amazon rainforest is on fire with more than 9,000 forest fires this week that devastate the delicate and irreplaceable landscapes of Brazil. So far from 2019 the Institute Brazil's National Space Research has reported more than 72,000 fires (INPE). This is a significant increase compared to the 40,000 fires that were recorded in Brazil on these same dates last year. "

The publication details the devastating effects of the fire: "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, which is one of the best defenses on the planet. against the climate crisis. "

In this same publication, the Earth Alliance also recounts the cultural value of the Amazon. "In addition, the lands of the indigenous peoples cover approximately 110 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon, which makes the region critical not only for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, but also for cultural survival , the self-determination and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, "the press release continues.

"Earth Alliance has created an emergency fund for the Amazon forest with an initial commitment of five million dollars. Critical resources will be allocated for the necessary key protections and thus preserve the lung of the planet, " explains the post .

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"These funds will be distributed directly to local partners and indigenous communities that protect the Amazon, the incredible diversity of wildlife it hosts and the health of the planet in general, " the statement said.

Likewise, the foundation has asked the public to contribute donations and they have promised that " 100% of the income " will go directly to the people who are working to protect the Amazon.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

The actor, winner of the Academy Award, has focused much of his media attention to raise awareness about climate change. In 1998 he created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDC) and last year his charitable organization exceeded its historical collection figure after getting 100 million dollars to combat climate change.

A statement from DiCaprio on the website of its first foundation, LDF, explains the origin of its initiative: "When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did it with the idea that we could make a real difference by directly financing some of the environmental projects more effective. "

"Whether through people, popular movements or large non-profit organizations, we wanted to focus on obtaining critical funding for those who could generate the greatest impact," he says.

In this reflection, which took place last year on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its foundation, the actor summarizes that in the last two decades his organization has participated in hundreds of projects. "We are extremely proud to celebrate the 20 years of this foundation. Since 1998, we have supported more than 200 projects on all continents and in all oceans, from conservation of habitats and species, to the promotion of renewable energy, awareness of climate change, indigenous rights and more, "he says.

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