At the recent 20th anniversary of Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the 'Wolf of Wall Street' actor was honored for his contribution to help protect the planet.
When it comes to fighting for climate change, there are clearly two names that pop out pretty much all the time. There's Sir Dave Attenborough and obviously Hollywood heartthrob, Leonardo DiCaprio who has often been in the news for the global fight to save our doomed planet, reports LDF.
Defending the Amazon has never been more urgent for our planet. Proud to support one of my favorite organizations, @AFrontlines. @dicapriofdn will be matching recurring donations made through all of 2019. Join me and protect a rainforest we all depend on: https://t.co/vYSRqUtIaa. pic.twitter.com/k9VwIYXly6— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) December 15, 2018
Soon after the release of Titanic in 1997, DiCaprio has been showing a lot of interest in the environmentalist movement, creating the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF). And he has had a bigger impact on the movement than most people would believe: He has supported 200 environmentally focused projects.
DiCaprio has been seen raising awareness on climate change every now and then, with his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which recently completed 20 years. At its 20th anniversary, the Wolf of Wall Street actor was honored for his contribution to help protect the planet and for donating $100 million through his foundation.
The event will support LDF’s critical environmental programs and its grantee partners, who have been working to protect the earth from climate change and the array of environmental crises it has witnessed over the years.
In a statement from the LDF's website, DiCaprio, who became a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2014, said: "When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did so based on the simple idea that we could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects - whether it be individuals, grassroots movements or major nonprofits, we wanted to focus on getting critical funding to those who could have the greatest impact. We are extremely proud to celebrate 20 years of this model."
"Since 1998, we have supported over 200 projects on every continent and in every ocean from habitat and species conservation, renewable energy, climate change, indigenous rights, and more."
"I am pleased to announce $11 million in new grants across our six program areas, bringing the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million."
The event also witnessed a special performance by Chris Martin from Coldplay who played “My Heart Will Go On,” “Viva La Vida,” and “Something Just Like This”. Other special guests included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Jackson, Edward Norton, Moby, Vivi Nevo, and Robert Redford.
Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio has been in the news for using his celebrity stature to help release whales held captive in Russia. And it did not go unnoticed, considering he managed to evoke a lot of emotions with his tweet, reports The Epoch Times.
On February 26, DiCaprio tweeted: “Please sign this petition and join me in speaking out against the inhumane capture of orcas and belugas in Russia.”
According to reports, 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales were held captive in cages in Russia’s Far East. Although we can't ascertain how the whales were captured, they were reportedly held in 2018 at a bay near Nakhodka in Russia.
And DiCaprio's tweet created a storm on the internet, which eventually got the attention from the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who then decided to personally step into the matter.
“We are doing everything we can,” Ecology Minister Dmitry Kobylkin said on Feb. 28. “No one objects to releasing the orcas, but the most important thing is to release them properly,” Kobylkin said. He added that the biting cold weather was one of the obstacles to free the whales without any harm.
There were also reports that stated that the whales were being apparently sold to Chinese aquariums, which is estimated to be worth “thousands of millions of dollars”. This is shocking considering the fact that legally, whales “are only supposed to be used for scientific and educational work.”
But all said and done, what Leonardo DiCaprio does is truly remarkable, and it is the need of the hour to create awareness about climate change and environmental issues. We urge all our readers to take the initiative to protect the Earth, because it is never too late to make a change!