Leonardo DiCaprio Donates an Impressively Generous $100 Million to Fight Climate Change

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While most people know Leonardo DiCaprio as a world-class, award-winning actor, he has also made a name for himself as a warrior for the defense against global warming in the last decade.

In 1998, he created his own foundation, aptly titled the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. DiCaprio “established his foundation with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places. LDF implements solutions that help restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants.”

That’s a pretty noble mission is you ask me.

Here he is with Jane Goodall.

The caption reads, “Excited to be joining forces with @janegoodallinst to bring you an exclusive range of apparel benefitting ape conservation. Proceeds go to on-the-ground projects helping ensure the long-term survival of apes and their habitats. One week left to purchase – link in bio to see the collection.”

He often posts earnest pleas for help like this one.

“The Amazon has never been under greater threat, and neither has our climate. But away from the alarming headlines, indigenous peoples are taking action on the front lines together with two of my favorite organizations: @amazonfrontlines and #AlianzaCeibo. From halting oil auctions to blocking gold rushes and building clean water solutions and solar energy alternatives, their movement is working, and it’s growing. This work is urgent and important, and I’m proud to announce that through the @leonardodicapriofdn we’ll be matching all monthly donations made to @AmazonFrontlines and #AlianzaCeibo – up to $50,000 per month throughout 2019. Click the link in my bio and join me and support this movement to protect the Amazon, indigenous rights, and our climate.”

Recently, DiCaprio’s LDF celebrated it’s 20 year anniversary, which, if you think about it, is pretty incredible for the 44-year-old to have helmed all these years.

At the 20 year celebration, which was attended by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, and Ellen DeGeneres, DiCaprio announced to the eager crowd that his foundation would be funding $11 million dollars worth of money to the Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions. What an incredible guy.

The combination brings the LFD’s contribution to over $100 million.

On the foundation website, DiCaprio wrote, “When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did so based on the simple idea that we could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects – whether it be individuals, grassroots movements or major nonprofits, we wanted to focus on getting critical funding to those who could have the greatest impact.” Kudos to you, Leo! We are in awe of your big-hearted generosity.