Leonardo DiCaprio donates $15.6 million to fight climate change

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio was once king of the world, now he wants to save it.

The 41-year-old actor announced yesterday that his foundation was donating $15.6 million to fund conservation and environmental programs.

Leonardo released a statement, saying: “Today we are greatly increasing our level of vital grant making and strategic partnerships to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.”

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has a new CEO, Terry Tamminen. Leonardo says, “Terry is a proven leader, with the experience and passion necessary to work alongside [executive director] Justin [Winters] and the entire LDF team to further strengthen and expand the impact of our global efforts.”

Leonardo DiCaprio has long been an environmental activist. In his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the 88th Academy Awards, he said, “Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

Leonardo went on to say in his speech that while shooting The Revenantthe film for which he won win the Oscar, “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow.”

Leonardo’s organization has donated $59 million since 1998.

How do you feel about Leonardo DiCaprio’s philanthropic side? Tell us in the comments. ~Yanis Khamsi

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  1. Andrea • July 14, 2016 @ 12:27 PM

    Yeah Leo, there’s no snow in the north. Good on you for telling the whole world that Canada has no snow. I WISH!!!

  2. C-Dubya • July 14, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

    It was weird since some of the movie was filmed in Canada. I think what he actually meant was that the production crew needed snow in a certain environmental terrain…Canada had it for some of the movie but South America had the scenery with snow for the rest. I get what he was trying to point out though. And he is correct, but the conspiracy theorists think there is no such thing as climate change. Look around! It’s not like believing in something that you can’t see, like God. This is something real and clearly visible. Plus it could create thousands of jobs and a whole new economy by creating lots of bio-jobs. A mirror of jobs that are destroying the earth, but these jobs are helping clean it up!

  3. Lulu • July 14, 2016 @ 4:10 PM

    Now, if he’d only give all us gargoyles (who aren’t Victoria’s Secret models) a chance. No, he’s not THAT philanthropic…

  4. mo • July 14, 2016 @ 5:28 PM

    Andrea. Missing the point. Snow as in permanent as in ice caps!! glaciers etc!!

  5. dan onischuk • July 14, 2016 @ 7:22 PM

    Attention critics – at least he is doing more positive than your comments. The great depression dust storms ( see Ken Burns PBS documentary) began in a very small area ( Cimmaron county, Oklahoma) that rapidly spread to devestate North America. Now imagine that in every country worldwide.

  6. Tamara • July 15, 2016 @ 12:21 AM

    Leo didn’t bother to say anything about Canada and the excellent crew that worked very hard to ensure an excellent production…he buys too many houses and yaughts and travels leaving a wide footprint…he should lead by better example and look into the environmental impact the movie industry leaves in its wake…has he learned what a “chinook” is yet? Calling it climate change is really quite funny…go back and look at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary….there were “chinooks” then too Leo.
    Too bad he thinks throwing money is his way of leading. 🤔🤔🤔🇨🇦🤔🤔🤔

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