Leonardo is not just a brilliant actor but a great environmental activist. In light of the Amazon fires, the actor just announced $5 million for the conversation of the forest.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the finest actors in Hollywood. Have shot to fame with Titanic at the young age of 18, Leonardo has come a long way. The man who was part of some critically-acclaimed movies like Wolf of Wall Street and This Boy's Life has always managed to blow our minds with his impeccable acting skills and his charismatic looks.
There is no doubt that this 44-year-old actor still makes women go weak in the knees with his charming smile. However, apart from all these, he is a respected humanitarian and environmentalist. Over the years the actor has been in the forefront of battling various environmental issues and has never refrained from putting his views upfront.
Being an advocate for change, the Titanic actor recently announced his contribution to saving the burning Amazon forests. According to CNN, Leonardo has promised $5 million to preserve and restore the Amazon forests through his environmental charity called Earth Alliance. The actor confirmed through Instagram that the funds will directly be donated to the local organizations such as the Instituto Raoni (Kayapo), the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and other indigenous communities of the region.
"#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," tweeted the organization.
#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
According to the latest reports by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, more than 72,000 fires have broken out in the region, destroying huge acres of forest land. The destruction caused in the Amazon, an important source to fight global warming has invited worldwide attention. The announcement has come as a sign of relief to the sufferings of indigenous communities and the concerned environmental enthusiasts around the world.
The charity found by the actor and his philanthropic friends, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth was formed in July 2019 with the aim of protecting the indigenous community rights, preserving the environment and encouraging the use of renewable energy. The charity was formed in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which was established by the partner when he was just 24-year-old.
For decades, Leonardo has used his fame and money for all the right causes, to bring about the change he believes in. So his recent announcement is no surprise to the people who know him and his interest in saving the planet.
With substantial money coming in from the movies, the actor began focusing on promoting environmental awareness through his foundation at a very young age. Over the years, he has won numerous awards for his conservation efforts including the Martin Litton Environment Award, in 2001, from Environment Now, and the Environmental Leadership Award in 2003 from Global Green USA. The actor's foundation has reportedly been involved in 40 countries around the world with various environmental projects.
Apart from his environmental initiatives, Leonardo has also been to the rescue of people hit by natural disasters. The actor's contribution has definitely instilled the hopes of saving our dying planet. His activism has also inspired people to come forward for the cause.