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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  • Corinna P.
    10/21/2019 21:01

    Meanwhile he will continue to fly in private jets and holiday on private exclusive Islands & enjoy living in his numerous houses! Hypocrisy 😉

  • Martina B.
    09/29/2019 11:22

    He is so Amazing

  • Cheri O.
    09/23/2019 22:25

    As you fly in your private jet and sail on yachts. STFU you hypocrite. Any normal person sees right thru your bs. Sit down!!!

  • Kathy G.
    09/19/2019 06:14

    I guess that 5 million is paying back for his gigantic, private jet, carbon footprint? Funny how that works. The wealthier you are, the more you can deceive. Global Warming and, The new Wall Street Millionaires. Ha!

  • Phillip C.
    09/15/2019 01:56

    Thanks Mr Leonardo Di Caprio God your donation will be multiplied God is watching you. God protect the Amazonas River.

  • Tom B.
    09/14/2019 07:47

    Thank you so much. Now that I’ve heard from Leo, I know how to vote

  • Zak S.
    09/14/2019 01:51

    hahahahahhaha. no.

  • Kennie H.
    09/13/2019 20:59

    !He’s a great example. We need figureheads like him to lead the way. It’s so awful what subhumans are doing to this Planet.

  • Chetan T.
    09/13/2019 06:00

    Well leo..even slaughtering is also a biggest reason responsible for the climate change. In Hinduism we believe in 8.4 million specie. Every soul cross through (takes birth and die naturally) these species and reach up to finally human physique. Even Darwin also endorses the same thought about monkeys as our ancestor. This means monkeys were also being our ancestors. Now what we are doing we are killing animals after reaching here. We are sending these souls (by unnaturally killing) to next and further next specie one by one. Finally these souls are getting human body by crossong all 8.4 million species. The main reason of rising human population is not biological. This is slaughteting too. You are trying to convey the concept of maintaining eco balance is a greatest task for mother earth. I salute you over your selfless are a man from the another world. My best wishes to you from the core of My heart.

  • Steve H.
    09/12/2019 02:11


  • Don S.
    09/11/2019 11:48

    Or how about speaking out on how the tribes just won a lawsuit against major Companies coming in and cutting Down their trees in the Amazon hundreds of acres and just within a week after or so this all takes place. while there was no Immediate media coverage.

  • Pinellina C.
    09/10/2019 23:58

    Look at what happened in Bahamas !! And meditate 😱 🌊 😱🌊 😱 💨

  • Kevin L.
    09/09/2019 19:06

    Fact is not the place of the USA to do anything. If the government there wants to burn anything is up to the people there to stop it. The amazon does not belong to the world. Just saying, everyone seems to stake a claim or some type of ownership..when it is far from. Tragedy..yes, but not any outsiders business in all truth.

  • Chris C.
    09/09/2019 14:30

    Is this before or after his carbon footprint was 1000x mine? lol what a hypocrite

  • Martin P.
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  • Russell M.
    09/08/2019 10:06

    Yes we have seen the photos of everything except the Amazon fires. It has become fashionable globally warming statements with no substance belonging to the elite. Yes fashion clothing fashion goes around in cycles. Hum just like the weather. Fashion is fashionable. Maybe children in poverty may become fashionable. No not fashionable enough. SHAME. What about stop cobalt mining for lithium batteries child labor slavery that sounds like a good fashion statement. Or Not.

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  • Rich S.
    09/06/2019 16:24

    Great guy & actor 👍