Earth Alliance, a new environmental organization backed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $5 million to help preserve the Amazon rainforest, which has been experiencing devastating wildfires this month.

The organization is reportedly working with local partners and indigenous communities to protect the Amazon ecosystem.

In addition to its $5 million commitment, the alliance also was looking for donations to help repair the Brazilian rainforest, which activists have called the “lungs of the planet.” because of how much oxygen it produces.

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#Regram #RG @earthalliance #EarthAlliance, launched in July by @LeonardoDiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth, has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with a commitment of $5 million dollars to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region. Join Us. 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. To learn more or to donate, please visit ealliance.org/amazonfund (see link in bio) Photos: @chamiltonjames, @danielbeltraphoto 2017

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The funds from Earth Alliance will be allocated to five local groups working to tackle the problem: Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida, Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, Instituto Kabu, Instituto Raoni, and Instituto Socioambiental.

Brazil has reported 72,843 fires in the nation since the beginning of 2019. This increase in its Amazon forest fires—in 2018, only 40,000 fires were reported—is supposedly due to a rise in deforestation, caused by cattle operations and feed crops. According to CNN, many farmers and cattle ranchers use fire to clear land and make it ready for use, which are probably the cause of the fires.

Last month, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) merged with Earth Alliance to “help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems.” This partnership builds on DiCaprio’s years of activism on the climate crisis.
“Since its founding in 1998, LDF has provided more than $100 million in grants to projects in all five oceans and across all seven continents,” a July press release said.