Earth Alliance, an organization backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, is doing everything to ensure Amazon is restored back to its beauty. The Earth is currently losing more than one-and-a-half soccer fields of rainforest every minute of every day.
At a time when the entire world is reeling from climate change, pollution, global warming, and other detrimental environmental factors, the burning of the Amazon rainforest could not have come at a possibly worse time.
As Brazil's fires continue to rage and many world leaders and people are incessantly clamoring to save the lungs of our Earth, one global celebrity has decided to ensure we don't completely end up losing Amazon rainforests.
#EarthAlliance has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with $5m to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires. Learn more & donate: https://t.co/uG2WoEoKqx pic.twitter.com/IbcubQCO4v— Earth Alliance (@earthalliance) August 25, 2019
Hollywood star and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio had recently started a new environmental organization Earth Alliance along with his philanthropic friends, Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth. And now they have decided to donate $5 million to help preserve the Amazon rainforest. As reported by CNN.
Leonardo also took to Instagram last week and wrote: "The lungs of the Earth are in flames. The Brazilian Amazon - home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species - has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year - a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil)."
"Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January. The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution," he added.
Earth Alliance, which was started in July, is donating the huge sum to five Brazil organizations that are working tirelessly to battle the wildfire. The organisations are 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).
"Without Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth's warming in check. Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do? As an emergency response, donate to front line Amazon groups working to defend the forest. Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance's community forestry initiatives across the world's most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defence against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors," Leo wrote on the Insta post.
Earth Alliance, backed by Leonardo, is doing everything to ensure Amazon is restored back to its beauty. It is believed that the Earth is losing more than one-and-a-half soccer fields rainforest every minute of every day, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.
The call for action comes from not just Leonardo but also other global leaders as the world's largest rainforest are burning at its highest rate since 2013. The Amazon is considered extremely important to slow down global warming and it is our responsibility to raise awareness of what is happening.
"Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains. Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation. When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action - including strong governance and forward-thinking policy," he concluded the post.