Leonardo DiCaprio puts millions toward nature conservation

The actor announced new commitments to advance clean energy, the rights of indigenous people, and efforts to conserve oceans and forests.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s philanthropic foundation has put another $15 million toward environmental causes.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award Ceremony in Davos, Switzerland where he was honored for his climate change advocacy, the actor announced new commitments to advance clean energy, the rights of indigenous people, and efforts to conserve oceans and forests.

“Generosity is the key to our future,” DiCaprio said. “Currently, less than three percent of all philanthropic giving goes to defending our planet.”

“So much can be done if we work together. With your help, we can quickly identify and fund the most innovative and effective projects that have the greatest potential to avert the crisis we face. As I look across the room, I am optimistic that our ability to convene the most significant and influential minds on the planet can result in the global transition necessary to protect both our society and our natural world.”

The biggest chunk of funding — $6 million — went to Oceana and Skytruth for Global Fishing Watch, a platform that uses satellite data to monitor fishing activities. Another $3.4 million was given to Clearwater and the Ceibo Alliance to combat oil extraction on indigenous and community lands in South America, while $3.2 million was awarded to Rainforest Action Network and Haka to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Sumatra’s last intact rainforests.

The balance of the money was granted to the Solutions Project to promote community-level clean energy projects in the United States and The Nature Conservancy for a debt-for-nature swap in the Seychelles.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has given out more than $40 million since its inception in 1998. The foundation has mostly targeted environmental causes.

This story was published with permission from Mongabay.

Thanks for reading to the end of this story!

We would be grateful if you would consider joining as a member of The EB Circle. This helps to keep our stories and resources free for all, and it also supports independent journalism dedicated to sustainable development. It only costs as little as S$5 a month, and you would be helping to make a big difference.

Find out more and join The EB Circle

Advertisement
blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

Most popular

View all news

Industry Spotlight

View all

Feature Series

View all
Asia Pacific’s Hub For Collaboration On Sustainable Development
An Eco-Business initiative
The SDG Co