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Leonardo DiCaprio on Importance of Amazon Culture

“What’s vital to protecting these forests is to protect the indigenous cultures there.” Leonardo DiCaprio shares why the NGO he co-founded is donating $5 million to help the Amazon.

Leonardo DiCaprio has always been an outspoken environmental ally

The NGO co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio will make a $5 million donation to indigenous tribes of the Amazon and local partners, as the region faces major fires.

“There’s a major tragedy going on in the world, worldwide because of climate change, forest fires, and what's going on in the Amazon, which is really the lungs of the earth is vital to protecting us in the future. I stayed with the Xingu tribe there when I went and look, what's vital to protecting these forests, is to protect the indigenous cultures there. The people that are on the front lines protecting the forest are the locals and that's what Earth Alliance is committed to help fund, is those people on the ground that have been living and coexisting with these forests for generations. And they're the ones we need to support in this very turbulent time. Having been to the Amazon, having stayed there, and knowing not only the importance that it is for stabilizing climate, but the beauty of biodiversity and the cultures that live there, it's incredibly tragic. I think that I immediately felt depressed and I felt like a lot of people that I connected with wanted to take action so that's why Earth Alliance and myself and our partners, Laurene Jobs and Brian Sheth, wanted to make an immediate contribution to start the ball rolling and do something proactive in hopes that other people get involved too. We must protect this vital landscape. Not only is it home to so much amazing biodiversity, but it's really the lungs of the planet like I said and the governments around the world, including Brazil, need to work together to make sure this doesn't continue. It's a tragedy,” actor/activist Leonardo DiCaprio pleads.

Leonardo DiCaprio has always been an outspoken environmental activist and conservationist—and now, he is helping to lead the fight against the wildfires raging through the Amazon rainforest. While wildfires in the Amazon are not uncommon, there has been an increase of 32,000 blazes recorded in Brazil this year compared to the same time in 2018. The week of Leo’s pledge, there have been about 9,000 fires recorded throughout the region. That’s why the Hollywood actor is contributing $5 million to the Amazon Forest Fund: an emergency response fund created by the Earth Alliance earlier in the week.

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08/28/2019 4:13 PM
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418 comments

  • Lori C.
    02/29/2020 22:59

    worries about Climate change , but flies around in jets, what a joke

  • Christine C.
    02/29/2020 21:45

    Well said

  • Michael U.
    02/29/2020 01:47

    IDEOLOGICAL MORONS!!!silly lemmings walking off a cliff...so undereducated it's laughable

  • Wrangler H.
    02/28/2020 14:57

    Yeah but he travels on private jets , another hypocrite

  • Julio O.
    02/28/2020 04:00

    Many negative people here , they are good only to criticize.

  • Vincent M.
    02/27/2020 03:58

    Takes interview just before boarding private jet to his diesel guzzling yacht. Thank you for telling all of us peasants how to live buddy.gtfoh

  • Marija B.
    02/26/2020 22:20

    God , bless hem ! Wonderful human .

  • Joe C.
    02/25/2020 03:57

    Bla bla bla bla bla

  • João M.
    02/22/2020 02:28

    Sei, o que eles querem e o que está no chão d Amazônia!

  • Chris P.
    02/19/2020 01:50

    Global warming is way bigger than human if it going to happen it’s going to happen

  • Janet R.
    02/18/2020 20:08

    CONGRATULATIONS TO LEONARDO DI CAPRI FOR HIS GENEROSITY FOR THIS PEOPLE AND NATURA GOD BLESS HIM

  • Christopher J.
    02/05/2020 16:05

    Don't think anybody wants to listen to somebody that flies around on VIP private planes about climate control

  • Marcos N.
    02/04/2020 17:28

    Just one more manipulated who knows nothing about anything. Stick with movies, nothing else !

  • Melody J.
    01/25/2020 03:57

    😂

  • Dee W.
    01/24/2020 21:19

    Too Bad He's Such An Idiot!

  • Donald D.
    01/21/2020 02:19

    More should!! In today’s climate....hard to live....hard to give!!

  • Bryan M.
    01/21/2020 00:14

    Dear Hollywood Please refrain from thinking about anything political and concentrate on making something worth watching.

  • Kirk B.
    01/20/2020 22:24

    Lying scumbag actor ( leatard dikcapbro ) loves to pretend to care about a lot of things, but is really only concerned with himself.

  • Randy M.
    01/20/2020 14:31

    Fake environmentalists that fly around the world in private jets and sail around the world on yachts have no business lecturing anyone.

  • William S.
    01/20/2020 04:44

    One amazing soul he possess!!