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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  • Santos G.
    08/28/2019 16:19

    Must die right now, those who laughs about this issue.

  • Fawzi D.
    08/28/2019 16:21

    Thankyou léonard

  • Jorge M.
    08/28/2019 16:25

    Really, unless they send Guns to them to protect the forest from the greedy of the people from Brazil that elected that criminal for president..... The indigenous people from Amazonia are going to get wiped out and the Amazonia will be destroyed. I may be cynical, or short minded, I dunno, maybe there's a better option..... But not from where I see it, after all that history tells us.

  • Yasdnil S.
    08/28/2019 16:36

    thank for making me a top fan on brut in my own little way I support the preservation of virgin forest and home of many species of the Amazon !!!!

  • Lucy F.
    08/28/2019 16:42

    He is the real human on earth 😍

  • Charissa B.
    08/28/2019 16:45

    Tell this to trump, apparently he don’t understand what’s really going on.

  • Stephanie W.
    08/28/2019 17:01

    Shut your silly, hypocrite mouth and entertain me!

  • Alenis P.
    08/28/2019 17:06

    Leo you are so kind but you better go and make sure the money dont get stolen by that hedious president Bolsonaro and his insidious politicians

  • Mary M.
    08/28/2019 17:13

    God Bless him

  • Rahul J.
    08/28/2019 17:16

    He should run for the president

  • Lupita G.
    08/28/2019 17:26


  • Stuart C.
    08/28/2019 17:30

    yea do something pro active , basically every human activity affects the planet , just breathing adds to the pollution maybe you should stop.

  • Alirio G.
    08/28/2019 17:40

    Thanks a lot Leo, God bless you

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  • Carol B.
    08/28/2019 18:45

    Yes his heart is pure

  • Ps C.
    08/28/2019 18:55

    Amazing man thank you for your kindness ! Trump could use some of his empire to help also 😂 sure like he really cares

  • Silvia M.
    08/28/2019 19:18

    I'm afraid his money will be used in the opposite :-(. Bolsonaro keeps giving support to farmers and now is saying that indigenous are "blocking" Brazil progress. He is sick!!

  • Frank W.
    08/28/2019 20:25

    Yes the Amazon is suffering but it's not due to climate change you moron. but thank you for helping anyway.

  • Edgar T.
    08/28/2019 20:34

    Leonardo lets not for get your personal yacht and jet. Your a toad.