Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $5 million (36 Crores) to help preserve the Amazon Rainforest through his environmental foundation, Earth Alliance.
#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. Learn more & donate: https://t.co/uG2WoEoKqx pic.twitter.com/IbcubQCO4v— Earth Alliance (@earthalliance) August 25, 2019
The foundation which will provide financial aid to the locals living in the region added in a statement,
Earth Alliance has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with an initial commitment of $5 million to focus critical resources on the key protections needed to maintain the “lungs of the planet”. ‘These funds will be distributed directly to local partners and the indigenous communities protecting the Amazon, the incredible diversity of wildlife that lives there, and the health of the planet overall.’
Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 22, 2019
Amazon Rainforests, which are often referred to as the 'lungs of the planet' have become a global concern now. The forests have not only been experiencing a record-breaking number of forest fires this year but had covered the entire city of Sao Paolo 3000 Km away in complete darkness.
Not just that, the fires were so intense that its images could be seen from space as well.
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August 2019 is continuing an active Amazon fire season, with large and intense fires burning in the region. NASA satellites tracked actively burning fires across South America and captured images of smoke in the last week. So far, in 2019, the region is experiencing more fires, with more intense burns, than in recent years. Credits: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) data from NASA EOSDIS, and data from the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED). #nasa #amazon #amazonia #fire #earth #satelliteimagery
The hashtag #PrayForAmazonia had been trending on Twitter and several people talked about this devastating phenomenon.
If you want to help the rainforests, here's what you can do.