Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $5 Million To Save The Amazon

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s foundation is committing $5 million to help end the Amazon rainforest fires.

Earth Alliance is a new environmental organization created by the actor and his philanthropic friends, Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth. The Amazon produces about 20% of earth's oxygen and is often called "the planet's lungs," It's also considered vital in slowing global warming.

“100 percent of your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon,” Leonardo‘s Instagram post reads. “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.”

According to CNN, the organization announced that its emergency fund will be dispersed between the following local institutions that are "combating the fires and protecting indigenous lands:

  • Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida (Kayapo)
  • Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)
  • Instituto Kabu (Kayapo)
  • Instituto Raoni (Kayapo)
  • Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)