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LOS ANGELES –  Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is widely recognized to use his privilege and star status to bring light on issues pertaining to the environment. The Oscar Award-winning actor donated a staggering $5 million to Amazon via his environmental foundation Earth Alliance.

Celebrities speak out about Amazon rain forest crisis

The foundation’s official Instagram account called for donations from all around as they said in a post: “[Earth Alliance] has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with a commitment of $5 million dollars to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region.”

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#Regram #RG @earthalliance #EarthAlliance, launched in July by @LeonardoDiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth, has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with a commitment of $5 million dollars to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region. Join Us. 100 percent of your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon. Earth Alliance is committed to helping protect the natural world. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance of climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing of indigenous peoples. To learn more or to donate, please visit ealliance.org/amazonfund (see link in bio) Photos: @chamiltonjames, @danielbeltraphoto 2017

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“100 percent of your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon. Earth Alliance is committed to helping protect the natural world. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance of climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing of indigenous peoples,” it was added.

A few days ago large-scale fires continue to spread throughout a wide swath of Amazon rainforest in the northwest of Brazil. Brazil’s space research center (INPE) said this week that the number of fires in Brazil is 80% higher than last year.

Twitter is asking Amazon founder to help get rid of Amazon rainforest fire

Using the hashtag #PrayForAmazonia, people around the world are trying to spread awareness about the seemingly unstoppable blaze, including a handful of celebrities.