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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Donates £9.5 million To Help Save Environment

Yesterday, renowned actor/producer Leonardo DiCaprio gave £9.5 million (almost $15 million) to various charities around the world in the pursuit of preserving the environment.  The 40 year old star granted the donation on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), an organization dedicated to “the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants”, according to his website.

“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” the dignitary said in a press release. “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 organisations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”

The generous heap of money was divided amongst 27 trusted and results-driven environmental projects, including World Wildlife Fund, Ocean 5, Save the Elephants, and National Geographic: Pristine Seas, among others.  On top of that, a portion of the donation was given to recent winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize, the most well-recognized prize for environmental activists, for the purpose of supporting their campaigns.

“We have been able to support organisations that are working to solve some of today’s most pressing environmental issues,” DiCaprio wrote on Instagram. “Throughout today, I’ll post about a few of them and share the incredible work they do. Want to put a spotlight on our beautiful planet and the things that you do to make a difference? Use #LDFoundation and I’ll share a few of my favourites.”

Established in 1998, the foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants since 2010, and has helped over 70 ecological projects in more than 40 countries worldwide.  Even before the foundation was prosperous, the movie star always had a charitable side.  During his time filming Blood Diamond, DiCaprio worked with 24 orphaned children from the SOS Children’s Village in Maputo, Mozambique and has regarded the experience as incredibly moving ever since.  He also donated over $34 thousand with his mother to help build a “Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center” in the Public Library of his home-town of Los Angeles in 1998.

The Full List of Charities The LDF has split the donation with is as follows:

  • Amazon Watch
  • Biomimicry Institute
  • Bioneers
  • California Wolf Center: Pacific Wolf Coalition
  • ClearWater
  • Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
  • Conservation International
  • Dark Snow
  • Digital Democracy
  • Earth Echo International
  • Empowered by Light
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • National Geographic: Pristine Seas
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Oceans 5
  • Save The Elephants
  • SavingSpecies
  • Tetiaroa Society
  • The Conservation Land Trust
  • The Solutions Project
  • Tony Fitzjohn/George Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust
  • Tree People
  • Virunga Fund
  • WaterKeeper
  • Wildlife Conservation Network
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • World Wildlife Fund

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