Leonardo DiCaprio donates $5 million to Amazon rainforest fires

Must See 27/08/2019

Leonardo DiCaprio has stepped up to help the Amazon rainforest after it's recent surge in fires.

Leo and his environmental organisation Earth Alliance, will put a whopping $5 million toward local groups and indigenous communities as they work to protect the Amazon.

The National Institute for Space Research in Brazil says there have been more than 72,000 fires in the Amazon rainforest this year.

That's up from 40,000 at the same point last year.

A statement on the Earth Alliance website says: "The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is rapidly releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, destroying an ecosystem that absorbs millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year and is one of the planet's best defences against the climate crisis."

You can get involved and donate right now at ealliance.org/amazonfund. To learn more about the Amazon Forest Fund, head over to Earth Alliance.