Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $15M to Protect Wildlife
Not a bad chunk of change, and all for a good cause, too.
Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio gave out $15 million in grants this year to environmental organizations working on conservation projects around the world.
“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” said actor said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it. I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”
The groups benefitting from the funding are working on “concrete and early-phase solutions to protect key species and threatened marine and terrestrial ecosystems, to empowering indigenous communities to be the long-term stewards and protectors of their natural resources.”
Among the many organizations receiving the grants are: Amazon Watch, California Wolf Center: Pacific Wolf Coalition, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Save The Elephants, Tree People, WaterKeeper and the World Wildlife Fund.
DiCaprio redoubled his foundation‘s efforts to protect our planet in part because he was inspired by Al Gore‘s campaign on global warming. Since 2010, the actor’s eponymous charity has raised money for more than 70 high-impact projects in more than 40 countries, which aim to protect wildlife and biodiversity, conserve oceans and forests and address climate change.
The actor has already had a busy year when it comes to his passion for the environment. Last month alone, he joined forces with Mark Ruffalo for a Clean Energy campaign, and he also donated environmental artwork to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.