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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio born November 11, 1974 is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the early 1990s, after which he had recurring roles in various television series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains. He also won his first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for his performance in The Revenant. DiCaprio is the founder of his own production company, Appian Way Productions and is an environmentalist.

Leonardo DiCaprio delivered an impassioned speech calling for bold action to safeguard the planet, as he accepted the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Crystal Award. Chinese actress Yao Chen was also honored for raising awareness of the refugee crisis.

DiCaprio was recognized as a longtime, passionate advocate for environmental sustainability—both through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which aims to promote the health and well-being of people around the planet, and for his work as a U.N. messenger of peace for climate change.

In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio called for a committed move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“We simply cannot afford to let the corporate greed of the coal, oil, and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong,” said DiCaprio.

He also called for protection of the planet’s last natural ecosystems.


The 41-year-old actor made the announcement at the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award Ceremony in Davos, Switzerland, reported US magazine. ‘The Revenant’ actor was honored for his work in tackling the ongoing climate crisis.

Leonardo DiCaprio urges elimination of fossil fuels

“Generosity is the key to our future. With that, I am pleased to announce today over USD 15 million in new commitments from LDF to fast-track cutting-edge sustainability and conservation projects around the world,” DiCaprio said.

A portion from the funds will go toward protecting the last remaining rain forests, including the Amazon in Ecuador, where the palm oil industry is threatening the vast span of land.


The money will go to several environmental groups, including one that has worked closely with the victims of the Chevron disaster. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged US$15 million in grants for environmental projects, US$3.4 million of which has been promised specifically to causes in Ecuador.

The U.S. actor said that the money for Ecuador will be shared between Clearwater, which has worked closely with the victims of the Chevron oil disaster, and the Ceibo Alliance, which brings together members of the Cofan, Secoya, Huaorani and Siona nationalities to protect the land, water and culture of the areas they live in.

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According to the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation website, the funding will “empower indigenous people in the Amazon” and support a “strategic collaboration between four indigenous tribes in the region, standing together against oil and timber interests.”

A further US$3.2 million was awarded to the Rainforest Action Network and Haka to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Sumatra’s last intact rainforests, and in particular to stop the “invasive and destructive practices” of the palm oil industry.

The biggest chunk of funding — $6 million — has been pledged to Oceana and Skytruth for Global Fishing Watch, a platform that uses satellite data to monitor fishing activities.

Source: telesurtv.net


Pope Francis gave Leonardo DiCaprio an audience at the Vatican Thursday afternoon, bringing the two luminaries together in one place.

DiCaprio, who won an award at the World Economic Forum this year for his environmental philanthropy, started by giving the Pontiff a book with works by the artist Hieronymus Bosch inside. He opened to a page with the triptych “The Garden of Early Delights,” which he said hung over his crib.

“As a child I didn’t quite understand what it all meant, but through my child’s eyes it represented a planet, the utopia we had been given, the overpopulation, excesses, and the third panel we see a blackened sky that represents so much to me of what’s going in in the environment,” DiCaprio told Francis. DiCaprio also handed the Pope a check for his charity.

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