Leonardo DiCaprio and his newly-established environmental organization have pledged $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia, where a catastrophic blaze continues to devastate the country.
Leo’s new organization, Earth Alliance, was founded by the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star along with philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs and investor Brian Sheth in response to the growing climate crisis.
Earth Alliance released a statement announcing the launch of the Australia Wildfire Fund, and pledged $3 million to the cause “to assist firefighting efforts, aid communities, enable wildlife rescue, and support long term restoration.” It will work with local partner organizations in Australia, including Aussie Ark, Bush Heritage, and Wires Wildlife Rescue.
The deadly brushfires in Australia began back in September, and are fueled by drought and Australia’s hottest and driest year on record. The fires have already burned an estimated 41,000 square miles, leading to the deaths of over 800 million animals, 28 people, and the destruction of over 2,000 homes.
Leonardo DiCaprio joins the multitude of other celebrities who are donating to combat the devastating fires. Big names in Hollywood, such as Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Pink, Kylie Jenner, Shawn Mendes, and Chris Hemsworth have all donated to wildfire relief efforts.
Elton John, Chris Hemsworth, and Kylie Jenner all donated $1 million each.
Ellen DeGeneres is also trying to do her part, announcing on The Ellen Degeneres Show this week that she launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $5 million. The Australia Bushfire Relief GoFundMe will help the firefighters, residents, and animals affected by the fires.
According to the GoFundMe page, all donations will go to WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organizations, plus the Australian Red Cross.
“I love Australia. I love Australia so much, I even married an Australian,” said Ellen, referencing wife Portia de Rossi. “Right now, Australia needs our help. Wildfires have been burning for four months and with record-breaking heat.”
“Thousands of people have been displaced,” the talk show host continued. “Homes have been burned, lives have been lost. Nearly half a billion animals have been killed.”