Leonardo DiCaprio's new environmental fund pledges $5mn to local organisations committed to aid Amazon Fires

Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance foundation will demarcate the money between five local organisations which are 'combating the fires and providing relief to the communities impacted'

Asian News International August 26, 2019 13:53:04 IST
Leonardo DiCaprio's new environmental fund pledges $5mn to local organisations committed to aid Amazon Fires

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio's new environmental fund with Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth has pledged USD 5 million towards the preservation of the Amazon rainforest as wildfires continue to ravage "the planet's lungs".

Named 'Earth Alliance', the money is being demarcated under an emergency Amazon Forest Fund, CNN reported while quoting the organisation.

Leonardo took to Instagram to make the official announcement

The fires have also sparked widespread outrage online, prompting a number of celebrities to use their social media platforms to raise awareness.

The money will be demarcated between five local organisations which are "combating the fires, protecting indigenous lands, and providing relief to the communities impacted." They include the Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida (Kayapo), Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), Instituto Kabu (Kayapo), Instituto Raoni (Kayapo) and the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA).

As per media reports, talks were held on the Amazon wildfires during the ongoing G7 summit in Biarritz.

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