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For Leo, saving the environment is not just speeches to the UN, producing documentaries and choosing to drive a Prius, as he made a pretty substantial donation to fund environmentally focused organizations.

Before the flood

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Leonardo DiCaprio is doing his best for the environment. Just this week, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) announced it is giving $20 million to more than a hundred environmentally focused organizations, in what makes it the organization’s “largest-ever portfolio of environmental grants.”

The news of the grants was announced at the Yale Climate Conference, where DiCaprio delivered a speech on the aftermath of rising temperatures and climate change, which he has witnessed during his crusade.

When talking to the conference host, the former Secretary of State John Kerry, the actor and activist also discussed the current administration’s failure to get with the facts and start putting in the solutions that are needed.

These facts have been presented to the world time-and-time again for decades. Quite simply, we are knowingly doing this to ourselves, to our planet and to our future, and the cost of our inaction is becoming clearer.

Yet with all of this evidence – the independent scientific warnings, and the mounting economic price tag – there is still an astounding level of wilful ignorance and inaction from the people who should be doing the most to protect us, and every other living thing on this planet.

All areas are covered


The grants from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will be shared with more than 100 organizations, which work towards protecting wildlife, aiding the defense of indigenous rights, as well as supporting innovative grassroots efforts to battle climate change.

In particular, the grants encompass six areas, including climate program, marine life and ocean conservation, wildlife and landscape conservation, innovation and technology program, indigenous rights program, and the California program – that latter supports local efforts to transition to fully sustainable food, energy, and infrastructure system.

As stated by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which was founded in 1998, the additional $20 million increases the organization’s total direct financial impact to over $80 million.

As well as the grants, DiCaprio is still as hands-on as ever, even sitting down with then President-elect, Donald Trump, to discuss the country’s role in “fixing” the environment. During that meeting, DiCaprio even gifted Trump a copy of Before the Flood, his climate change film, which Trump was said to have promised to watch.

But despite that meeting, just six months later, Trump was already pulling America from the Paris Agreement, which actor-slash-activist said was a “careless decision” and puts “our future on this planet at risk” more than ever before.

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