Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $15 Million For Protecting Environment

Posted: Jul 15 2015, 1:11am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 15 2015, 1:13am CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News


Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $15 Million for Protecting Environment
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The sum will be awarded to various organizations working for environmental causes

Leonardo DiCaprio is donating $15 million to those various organizations, which are dedicated to saving the planet and are handling numerous environmental projects around the world.

The “Wolf of Wall Street” actor made the announcement on Tuesday and called the donation a “continues effort” for preserving and protecting the environment and the planet. 

“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” said Leonardo DiCaprio on his website. “I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”

Donation will be awarded on behalf of Leonardo’s namesake foundation.

The 40-year old actor is an active environmentalist for almost two decades. He established “Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation” in 1998 and is financially supporting more than 65 organizations worldwide, working for a wide range of environmental causes from protecting endangered species to clean environment to the preservation of the ecosystems in seas and oceans. 

According to the website, the foundation is supporting more than 70 impactful and innovative projects in more than 40 countries across the globe. Some of the well-known organizations which are benefiting from these grants are: National Geographic: Pristine Seas, Save the Elephants, Wildlife Conservation Society and World Wildlife Fund.

Earlier, Leonardo alongside co-star Mark Ruffalo launched a new clean energy campaign, aiming to make renewable energy more affordable and accessible to everyone. 

Oscar-nominated actor delivered a powerful speech on United Nations Climate Summit in 2014 and urged the industries and governments all over the world to take “decisive and large-scale action” in order to solve climate crises. 

“I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.” The actor said in September 2014 speech.

Leonardo DiCaprio has produced a critically claimed wildlife documentary film “Virunga” and has signed a multi-year deal with Netflix for making more eco-themed films in future.

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