Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeff Bezos are investing $200 million to protect the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The Protecting Our Planet Challenge, the organization in which the actor and businessman will invest over the next four years, aims to protect indigenous people and preserve wildlife.
“We are inspired by Brazil’s ambitious goals to protect the Amazon, one of the most important places for wildlife on the planet, and we are excited to support these efforts with our Protect Our Planet Challenge,” DiCaprio said in a statement. press release.
Amazon owner Bezos is involved through the Bezos Land Fund. This is an initiative that he and his fiancee, Lauren Sanchez, launched to combat climate change. According to Christian Samper, managing director of the Bezos Earth Fund, the Amazon region is of “critical importance” to the future of global biodiversity and climate. “We are pleased to support the designation and management of protected and indigenous areas as an important part of the deforestation reduction strategy, along with new economic development models based on conservation and sustainable use of forests.”
More than 400 indigenous groups still live in the Amazon, which stretches across Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. 17 percent of the rainforest is already gone.
DiCaprio has long been committed to the environment. For example, he has his own environmental organization, has called for an immediate moratorium on oil and gas exploration, and has invested in companies to protect biodiversity and make climate fun with Jennifer Lawrence. do not search.
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