Earth Alliance, an environmental foundation funded by Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million in aid to the Amazon, which has been swept by wildfires.
‘Earth Alliance’ was created last month by DiCaprio and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth. On Sunday, on their website, they launched their ‘Amazon Forest Fund’ in an announcement.
The foundation is also seeking donations to help repair the Brazilian rainforest, called the “lungs of the planet.”
The funds will be distributed to five local groups working to combat the problem in Amazon: Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida, Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, Instituto Kabu, Instituto Raoni, and Instituto Socioambiental.
The Group of Seven nations, G7 countries also pledged tens of millions of dollars to help fight raging wildfires in the Amazon and protect its rainforest, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a “colony.”, reported AP.
The international pledges at a G-7 summit in France included $20 million from the group, as well as a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million from Canada.
Ottawa has also offered to send firefighting planes to Brazil.