Earth Alliance, an organization backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, has committed $5 million in support of efforts to tackle the fires surging in the Amazon. Its fundraising launch, entitled the Amazon Forest Fund, is geared towards preserving the Amazon rain forest and protecting sensitive habitats within the Amazon. This comes in reaction to the devastating blaze that is consuming the Amazon.
“#EarthAlliance has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with $5m to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires,” Earth Alliance tweeted in explanation.
The amount donated by Earth Alliance will be distributed to 5 local organizations involved in the efforts of “combating the fires, protecting indigenous lands, and providing relief to the communities impacted.
” These 5 organizations are Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida (Kayapo), Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), Instituto Kabu (Kayapo), Instituto Raoni (Kayapo), and Instituto Socioambiental (ISA).
Earth Alliance was only recently founded last July by DiCaprio and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth.
It was merged with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) in order to “help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems.”
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