Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has confirmed that his philanthropic foundation will invest a further $15 million into the protection of forests, oceans and clean energy across the globe.
Mr DiCaprio – best known for films such as Romeo and Juliet, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Beach – spoke at the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award Ceremony in Davos, Switzerland, regarding his ongoing commitment to global environmental causes. He hopes the money, which follows a vast amount of other funding his foundation has already invested into the arena, will also help to advance the rights of indigenous people all over the world.
Mr DiCaprio said: “Generosity is the key to our future. Currently, less than three per cent of all philanthropic giving goes to defending our planet. So much can be done if we work together. With your help, we can quickly identify and fund the most innovative and effective projects that have the greatest potential to avert the crisis we face.”
The major chunk of the new funding – $6 million – was awarded to Oceana and Skytruth for their Global Fishing Watch, which is a specialist platform that makes use of satellite data in order to track fishing activities. A further $3.4 million was awarded to Clearwater and the Ceibo Alliance in a bid to help the groups to stamp out oil extraction on indigenous and community lands in South America.
Meanwhile, $3.2 million was handed to Rainforest Action Network and Haka in order to assist them in their work to protect one of Sumatra’s last intact rainforests, the Leuser Ecosystem. The Solutions Project was granted the remainder of the money in order to continue its work promoting the community-level clean energy projects in the United States. The Nature Conservancy also benefited from some funds to put towards its debt-for-nature swap in the Seychelles.