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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  • Melody J.
    3 days


  • Dee W.
    4 days

    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!!

  • Bobby W.
    01/20/2020 00:18

    He’s an idiot!

  • William G.
    01/20/2020 00:01


  • Martin P.
    01/19/2020 21:24

    Leonardo DiCaprio .everyone the Earth needs the Amazon.🙏👍🌏🌎🌍🌱🌱🌱

  • Deborah Q.
    01/19/2020 15:44

    I hope people wake up..the earth is screaming and we all need to listen

  • Divina C.
    01/18/2020 21:51

    It’s true. Protecting the indigenous cultures protect the forests too. God bless the people who support protecting the environment.

  • Gary H.
    01/18/2020 21:14

    Boo hoo hoo shut up and act

  • Mike W.
    01/18/2020 21:08

    You rock

  • William S.
    01/18/2020 01:29

    He doesn't give a sh**. He just wants you to donate to his NGO so he can launder the money. I believe Hollywood as much as I believe CNN.

  • Julie U.
    01/17/2020 20:38


  • Randy V.
    01/17/2020 14:29

    The Midwest farm land of America creates more oxygen for the world than the rainforest of the Amazon does, just to be clear

  • JR T.
    01/17/2020 14:27

    How did he get there flying arond on a jet yea hes helping the enviroment another hollywood clown.

  • Tom B.
    01/16/2020 03:02

    The locals are setting the fires to mine for gold. Are you telling me fires are burning because of climate change in the largest rain forest on the earth! 😂😂😂😂

  • Grover W.
    01/15/2020 02:21