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.


08/28/2019 4:13 PM
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  • Steve E.
    a day


  • David S.
    4 days

    Is earth alliance aware of the Geoengineering that’s been hacking our planet for over 50 years gradually becoming more threatening and disastrous every day in the guise of climate change? I would like a response Leonardo. Can you leave your Hollywood handlerZ alone and address it?

  • Nick M.
    5 days

    Thought he went down with ship.

  • Mike A.
    5 days

    If the world's gonna be under water in ten years 🤣🤣🤣...then why did the Obamas just purchase a $15 million mansion on the COAST of California? 🤣More FAKE NEWS!!!

  • Brad C.
    5 days

    I love cutting down trees

  • Dean Z.
    6 days

    It is not climate change burning up the Amazon it is JBS promoting Brazilian farmers to burn it to raise more cattle , JBS is the worlds largest cattle producers / processors of beef !

  • Tim K.
    6 days

    Yeah I'm sure he took his Jet and His yacht to get there too hypocrite Hollywood's nothing but f****** hypocrites

  • Debbie S.
    6 days

    It's so true, North and south have been affected. Weather is affected by human inteferance, please save the Amazon.

  • Randy P.
    11/30/2019 03:57

    Well put

  • Chris B.
    11/30/2019 02:11

    The world has been beginning for the end since inception....nothing last forever

  • Chris B.
    11/30/2019 02:10

    He’s just an actor.....acting as if he knows😳

  • Harry R.
    11/30/2019 00:37

    $5M is chump change to him, as he flies private and burns fuel in a mega yatch. What a phony.

  • AJ F.
    11/29/2019 02:16

    The forest fires are not related to climate change in any way. Two separate issues

  • Jim W.
    11/27/2019 18:55

    Crap science

  • Matt D.
    11/27/2019 12:08

    What about US

  • Tommy M.
    11/26/2019 01:29

    Why are you tree huggin nimrods in my newsfeed?

  • Josh R.
    11/25/2019 22:24

    This just in! Climate change isn't real. There, I said it.

  • Mark H.
    11/25/2019 00:46


  • Jack G.
    11/24/2019 15:30

    Shut up!

  • Glenn M.
    11/23/2019 19:06

    This guy is so full of crap