Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the people that has been putting his money where his mouth is for years, especially when it comes to fighting climate change and reversing the damage mankind has inflicted on our planet.
The Hollywood mega-star is on a quest to save the planet, even when certain world leaders insist that the (very real!) environmental concerns are nothing but “fake news”, and he has gone above and beyond his limits.
DiCaprio has taken it upon himself to get the job done, in any way he can.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been founded in 1998 with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places. The foundation “implements solutions that help restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants”. The actor has been working towards his dream of a better world for decades, and he has used both his stardom and his financial power to help his high-impact projects across the globe.
The foundation brings attention and needed funding to six program areas: Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions, as stated by the foundation’s official website.
Even the UN has recognized DiCaprio’s tireless work, and he is now a United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate Change. The “Inception” star is also on the board of several environmental organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, Oceans 5, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation celebrates its 20th birthday in September last year, and he hosted a celebration in order to raise funds for its global environmental efforts to address climate change and protect biodiversity.
The 44-year-old said at the event that he founded LDF 20 years ago on the idea that they could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects. They wanted to focus on getting crucial fundings to those who could have the greatest impact, and they have supported over 200 projects since 1998 on every continent and in every ocean. He also announced $11 million in new grants across their six program areas, bringing the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million.