The Academy award-winning actor joins the growing list of celebrities who have come together and donated huge money toward the bushfires raging in Australia.
Academy award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio joins the growing list of celebrities who have come together and donated huge amounts of money towards the bushfires raging in Australia. Through his environmental organization, Earth Alliance, the actor will donate $3 million to assist with the relief efforts in Australia, reports CBS News. On Thursday, the foundation announced the creation of the Australia Wildfire Fund, which aims at providing relief to the emblazoned continent with an "international response to the catastrophic bushfires" in the country.
DiCaprio, who co-chairs the organization, launched Earth Alliance alongside philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth last year to battle climate change and the loss of biodiversity. The fund is set to work with local Australian partner organizations, like Wires Wildlife Rescue, Aussie Ark, and Bush Heritage. Furthermore, the post urges people to donate whatever they can spare to help combat the bushfires which has burned through an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland. Having claimed the lives of 25 people, the blaze has destroyed at least 2000 homes and continues to do so.
Absolutely devastating. Please consider donating and help spread the word for all of those affected by this disaster. My heart is with you Australia https://t.co/UkhvDqsu5b— Andy Biersack (@andyblack) 4 January 2020
The wildfire, caused by severe drought and record-breaking heat and dryness, has been raging since September last year. While Australia's annual wildfire seasons are damaging, the destruction has been estimated to be much higher this time after it began months earlier than it typically does. Thus, many celebrities have been pledging huge amounts of money in order to help contain the fire and provide assistance for the firefighters battling this crisis. Similarly, the funds collected by the Australia Wildfire Fund will go towards the fire fighting endeavors in new South Wales in addition to assisting communities who have been affected by the wildfires.
A staggering 1 billion animals are now estimated dead in Australia’s fires— Prigith Joseph (@JosephPrigith) 8 January 2020
The number of kangaroos,koalas,& others killed keeps skyrocketing
We should come up with the facts and effects of the devastating #bushfire which are destroying species of plant & animal life#Tiredearth pic.twitter.com/CcB3rwmF6S
News of DiCaprio's involvement comes soon after Marvel's Thor-playing actor Chris Hemsworth shared that he and his family have donated $1 million towards helping firefighters, who have been working tirelessly to contain the flames, and residents, who have lost their homes to the destructive blaze. On Tuesday, the 36-year-old actor uploaded a video on Instagram in which he highlighted the extent of devastation caused by the fires and requested others to do their part.
Nicole Kidman also donated a hefty $500,000 for the cause. Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now, she wrote in an Instagram post.
Pop singer Pink donated $500,000 to firefighters battling the Australian fires that have killed nearly one billion animals in the affected regions. Australian actor and comedian Celeste Barber created a global fundraiser that raised over $30 million. Apart from donations, actors like Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett have raised awareness and urged Hollywood stars to support Australia during this time of crisis with their speeches at the recent Golden Globes.
I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kyjDbhoXpp— P!nk (@Pink) 4 January 2020