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Fund backed by Leonardo DiCaprio pledges $5M US to Amazon amid fires

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A new environmental foundation backed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million US in aid to the Amazon, which has been swept by wildfires.

Actor co-founded Earth Alliance last month, which launched Amazon Forest Fund Sunday

A fund backed by Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million US in aid to the fire-ravaged Amazon. (Victor R. Caivano/The Associated Press)

A new environmental foundation backed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million US 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, it launched the Amazon Forest Fund in an announcement on its website. The alliance is also seeking donations to help repair the Brazilian rainforest, called the "lungs of the planet."

According to the website, 100 per cent of proceeds will go directly to helping protect the rainforest.

The Academy Award-winning actor, known for films like The Revenant and The Great Gatsby, has demonstrated a longtime commitment to fighting climate change. However, he was also called out for spreading inaccurate information when a photo he re-posted on his Instagram last week of the forests burning was found to be from 2018.

Brazilian federal experts reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84 per cent over the same period in 2018.

The funds will be distributed to five local groups working to combat the problem.

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