Leonardo DiCaprio Foun­da­tion awards mil­lions to en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

When it comes to sav­ing the planet, Leonardo DiCaprio is putting his money where his mouth is.

The ac­tor’s foun­da­tion an­nounced Tues­day it has awarded $15 mil­lion in grants to a host of en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Ama­zon Watch, Save the Ele­phants, Tree Peo­ple and the World Wildlife Fund.

“The de­struc­tion of our planet con­tin­ues at a pace we can no longer af­ford to ig­nore,” DiCaprio 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.”

The groups re­ceiv­ing the grants are “work­ing to solve hu­mankind’s great­est chal­lenge,” he said.

The 40-year-old ac­tor has been an ac­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist through­out his ca­reer.

He cre­ated the Leonardo DiCaprio Foun­da­tion in 1998, a year af­ter “Titanic” came out, to fund ef­forts that pro­tect the planet and its en­dan­gered species. It now sup­ports such projects in more than 40 coun­tries.

Last year, the United Na­tions named DiCaprio a UN Mes­sen­ger of Peace with a spe­cial fo­cus on cli­mate change.

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