Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has announced that Earth Alliance, an environmental group co-founded by him, will donate $5 million to reduce Amazon rainforest fires and save the Amazon. As you probably already know, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has been on fire for nearly three weeks, with little to no media coverage. Why is it so important to stop the fire and save the Amazon, you ask?
1- It is the home of 30 million people who live and work there
2- It is also the home of 3 million species
3- The Amazon rainforest is known as the “lungs of the planet”; it is therefore very important to the health of the planet
4- The Amazon rainforest is the greatest reservoir of fresh water and biodiversity on the planet
5- The destruction of the Amazon rainforest means less oxygen and rain as well as warmer temperature
According to Earth Alliance, the Amazon rainforest is “one of the planet’s best defenses against the climate crisis”. So let us all be the change we want to see in the world by donating money if we can, or by simply spreading awareness around.