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Leonardo DiCaprio Contributes To Amazon Forest Fire Relief Efforts

by | August 27, 2019

Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has joined relief efforts aimed at fighting record-breaking fires in the Amazon Rainforest and managing the destruction they’ve caused.

The star took to Instagram this week to share that The Earth Alliance Foundation, co-founded by himself and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, has pledged to donate $5 million.

According to the post, the money is intended 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.”

He also included a plea for his 34.5 million followers to contribute to donations which, including the sum donated by the G7 countries, have now hit $27 million.

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G7 Donates To Fight Forest Fires

The G7 nations — France, UK, Canada, US, Germany, Italy and Japan — announced their $22 million offer this Monday during the G7 summit held in Biarritz, France. 

Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, initially rejected the G7’s offer, but is now willing to accept the money if French President Macron apologises for a comment implying that Bolsonaro was not fit to be President of Brazil.

Earlier in August, Germany and Norway pulled $72 million of funding to the Amazon rainforest in response to Bolsonaro’s threats that he would give some of the money to cattle and soy farmers, who are believed to be significant contributors to the devastating blaze.

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