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Leonardo DiCaprio teams with Jeff Bezos to protect Amazon rainforest

Leonardo DiCaprio teams with Jeff Bezos to protect Amazon rainforest

Los Angeles: Hollywood star and Environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, has now joined forces with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in a project to protect the Amazon rainforest.

DiCaprio’s non-profit organization Re: Wild Conservation and Jeff Bezos's Nature Solutions are set to donate $200 million to the Protect Our Planet (POP) Challenge to support the expansion and management of Brazil's protected areas and Indigenous territories.

According to Variety’s report, Over the next four years, the $200 million donation will be utilized to help Brazil achieve zero deforestation in the Amazon and accelerate the South American country’s transition to a sustainable and green economy.

"We are inspired by Brazil’s ambitious goals for protecting the Amazon, one of the most important places for wildlife on the planet, and are thrilled to be able to support these efforts through the Protecting Our Planet Challenge," DiCaprio said in a statement.

DiCaprio, who established his environmental foundation at the age of 24, plays a key role in environmental conservation efforts.

In May 2021, the 'Titanic' star announced a $43 million pledge towards sweeping conservation operations across the Galapagos Islands, with his social media accounts taken over by a wildlife veterinarian and island restoration specialist.

The initiative was announced in partnership with Re:wild, an organization founded in 2021 by a group of renowned conservation scientists along with DiCaprio.

Again, in September of 2021, DiCaprio was part of a massive $5 billion pledge to protect threatened species and wild lands.

With inputs from IANS

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