Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t just an amazing actor with a pretty face. You don’t often here about him in the tabloids, but when you do it is generally all positive. The actor has long been been a high-profile environmental activist – sometimes drawing criticism for his outspokenness on climate change.
After accepting his Golden globe Award for best actor on January 10th, DiCaprio made teh most of his acceptance speech by highlighting climate change, and also to announce that the DiCaprio Foundation will be donating $15million to environmental causes. $3.4 million will be donated to indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon
“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered up the evidence of our changing climate,” he said to an audience of world leaders, business chiefs and campaigners. www.telesurtv.net
In the past, Leonardo has used the DiCaprio Foundation to give grants to Oceans 5, Amazon Watch, World Wildlife Fund, Save the Elephants and California Wolf Center.Other groups receiving cash are less known, including Dark Snow, which measures Arctic melting, Digital Democracy, which helps indigenous cultures use technology to protect the Amazon, renewable energy project Powered By Light and other education and nonprofits. Read more HERE.
Also (this is from last year, but in case you weren’t aware – because I wasn’t…):
The 11th Hour – a 2007 documentary film created, narrated and produced by Leonardo.The film documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed. The film’s premise is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy. Included contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists