Leonardo DiCaprio has announced on Instagram, his $5 million pledge to help with the relief of Amazon rainforest fires. A global outcry has followed since the fires are widespread, and DiCaprio’s firm partnership with, Earth Alliance, an organisation dedicated to environmental philanthropy, has raised $1 million in under a week.
DiCaprio also facilitated small donations made $1 million
“Thank you. Over the past 48 hours, you have helped raise over $1 million in small donations from more than 22,000 individuals from 138 countries. Join us in our continued support of local partners and indigenous communities on the front lines protecting the Amazon and the critical biodiversity that helps regulate our global climate.”
DiCaprio further stated the purpose of the funding was to shift the focus into critical resources to preserve the indigenous communities and biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region.
G-7 pledges $22 million to the Amazon fires relief programme
As the G7 came to an end last week, the French President Emmanuel Macron said G7 nations will provide at least $22 million in emergency funding to help with efforts of the relief of fires in the Amazon rainforest.
Amazon fires: Brazil president wants to reject G7 $22 million pledge
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro initially wanted to reject the $22 million in emergency funding pledged by world leaders at the G7 summit for the relief of fires, in the Amazon rainforest. The president states he’ll consider accepting pledges if the French President, apologizes after a series of tweets erupted on social media.
Brazil president wants to reject G7 $22 million pledge
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro initially wanted to reject the $22 million in emergency funding pledged by world leaders at the G7 summit for the relief of fires, in the Amazon rainforest. The president states he’ll consider accepting pledges if the French President, Emmanuel Macron apologizes after a series of tweets erupted.
According to a Brazilian G1, a news publication, Bolsonaro and the rest of the Brazilian government announced Monday it would reject the pledge. Bolsonaro said that the G7 leaders were trying to save the Amazon “as if we were a colony or no man’s land.”
This arises from a series of tweets and media interviews, Bolsonaro and a Brazilian official condemned the French President and accused Macron of colonialism and imperialism.
A few celebrities have also pledged and shown their support, from Madonna stepping into Instagram on Friday asking Bolsonaro to change his policies on climate change and the Amazon. Rapper and actor Jaden Smith took to social media to express his views, as well as rapper Lil Nas X has brought the issue to the attention of millions on social media.