Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and businessman Jeff Bezos have teamed up to protect the rainforests that grow in the Amazon Basin in South America. They founded the Protecting Our Planet (POP) Challenge to invest $200 million in the Brazilian government's efforts to conserve wildlife and the indigenous people of the Amazon over the next four years.
“We were influenced by Brazil's ambitious goals to conserve the Amazon, one of the most important places for wildlife on our planet. And we are excited to support these efforts through the Protecting Our Planet Challenge,” DiCaprio said in a press release.
Bezos is involved with the new organization through his charity Bezos Earth Fund, which he launched with his fiancee, ex-television host Lauren Sanchez, to fight climate change. The money of the DiCaprio and Bezos fund will be used to eliminate the deforestation of the Amazonian jungle, the permanent protection of about 145 million acres of public land, support for the management of protected areas and the rights of their indigenous people.