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Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation Donates Another $15 Million Dollars to Environmental Projects (Video)

Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation Donates Another $15 Million Dollars to Environmental Projects (Video)

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks on stage about his efforts to help the world at the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards on Tuesday (January 19) in Davos, Switzerland.

The 41-year-old actor took time off from promoting his Oscar nominated film The Revenant to speak about the issues we face today.

“We simply cannot allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” Leonardo said during his speech. He announced that his foundation will be donating $15 million to help the cause. This isn’t the first time Leonardo has donated $15 million – his foundation just made a huge donation over the summer!

To watch Leonardo‘s speech, click to the 18:00 mark in the video below.

Click inside to read the full transcript from Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech…

Thank you, Professor Klaus Schwab, Hilde Schwab and the World Economic Forum for this generous award. Your recognition of the work of my foundation and our partners across the globe is a true honor.

Last month in Paris, world leaders reached an historic agreement that provides a concrete framework to reduce carbon emissions. This was an important first step, but we are a long way off from claiming victory in this fight for our future – for the survival of our planet. The Paris Agreement was a call to action, it is nowup to all of us to build on this progress with ingenuity and a commitment to change.Together we are fighting to preserve our fragile climate from irreversible damage, and devastation of unthinkable proportions.

I have been travelling the world recently for a documentary about how this crisis is changing the natural balance of our planet. In Greenland and the Arctic, I was astonished to see ancient glaciers rapidly disappearing well ahead of scientific models. In India, I met farmers who have seen their crops – their very livelihood literally washed away by historic flooding. There is no doubt to the world’s scientific community that this is a direct result of human activity and that the effects of climate change will become astronomically worse in the future.

Last week President Obama told those who continue to deny the irrefutable science behind climate change that they will find themselvesincreasingly lonely in a swell of voices calling for action. But studies also show us that those who deny the reality of climate change will also find themselves less economically successful.

We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving thisdestructive system have denied, and even covered-up the evidence of our changing climate. Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.

Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance.

Professor Mark Jacobson and a team of researchers at Stanford University have proven that we can meet the world’s total energy demand using existing renewable technology by 2050. To make that potential a reality, we need the collective will and conviction of political, business and philanthropic leaders like you.

This transition is not only the right thing for our world, it makes clear economic sense and it is possible within our lifetime. A shift of this magnitude will save nearly $42 trillion in global energy costs while creating 20 million new jobs.

Over the last several years, organizations and individuals worth 3.8 trillion dollars have already committed to divest their fossil fuel holdings and replace them with new investments in clean, renewable energy projects. And Leaders like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg and Jeff Bezos have already pledged to help build a zero-emissions future. I ask you to join them, because if we all do our part and act with bold leadership, we can achieve major, meaningful progress. It is not only an inevitable transition,it is also imperative for the future of our planet.

Which brings me to the other side of this very important issue, and the flipside to the environmental crisis…..the protection of our planet’s last remaining natural ecosystems. Ecosystems that provide us with breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soil and bountiful seas.These complex ecosystems can never be replaced; they are the foundation of our global economy, and more importantly, our interconnected climate – without them life as we know it will simply collapse.

Fifteen years ago today, I developed my foundation to focus on these critical issues. Currently, less than 3% of all philanthropic giving goes to defending our planet. Given this limited support, it’s no surprise that roughly only 2% of our oceans and 12% of our lands are formally protected from invasive human activity like commercial fishing, agriculture, logging and energy extraction. Again 3% of all philanthropic giving goes towards the protection of our ONLY home, planet earth.

Today at LDF, we are achieving tangible exciting results with over 70

partners accross 40 countries, and in all 5 oceans. By working with the innovative grassroots organizations and leaders we have quickly donated critical funding they need torapidly scale up their work.

Over the last decade, we have provided direct grants to support projects that have expanded protected areas on land and at sea, protectingiconic endangered species and empoweredindigenous communities to fight back against corporate encroachment on their lands.

But this number needs to grow, and with yourhelp and partnership, it will. Generosity is the key to our future.

With that I am pleased to announce today over $15 million in new commitments from LDF to fast-track cutting edge sustainability and conservation projects around the world.

A prime example of climate change and environmental protection is our grant toRainforest Action Network and their partners on the ground to protect the last remaining rainforests on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra,Over the last year, major fires across Sumatra have released more carbon emissions every day than the daily activity of the entire U.S. economy. In an effort to protect these last remaining rainforests – the vital lungs of our planet – our foundation is funding their effort to preserve 6.5 million acres from the invasive and destructive practices of the palm oil industry. We are underway with similar efforts in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, where we are supporting the Ceibo Alliance, an indigenous effort to stop rampant and destructive oilextraction that is poisoning their lands and communities.

In the United States, we are partnering with the Solution Project to promote clean energy and support local efforts to implement these projects in their communities.

And in our seas, we have partnered with Google, Oceana and SkyTruth to support Global Fishing Watch – a revolutionary new platform that will actively monitor and ultimately help end the destructive practice of overfishing. Additionally, we are backing an effort to protect an area the size of Nebraska in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the Seychelles Islands, which is home to vital marine species.

Imagine what we can do with more partnerships, and with the alliance of many of you in this room. 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.

As I look across the room I am optimistic that our ability to convene the most significant and influential minds on the planet can result in theglobal transition necessary to protect both our society and our natural world.

The challenge before us requires each and every one of us to take action. We owe this to ourselves, but more importantly to the future generations who are counting on us.

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  • CourtneyBettyEricLee

    Great speech.
    And Leo’s starting to look like Putin here, so I can see why he’s game to play him next!

  • J Gurl

    LOL! Ugh he needs to chill on the biopics.

  • Alphonse

    He really wants that Oscar….hot on the campaign trail

  • FrenchGirl

    It is nice to give many money but it is better to practice what you say .For example ,for The Revenant ‘s promotion tour,they travel in private plane

  • ####

    Great speech.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    … yeah, like he’s the only actor who does this? No.

    Frankly, his 2nd $15M donation so he is practicing what he says… and setting a fantastic example too.

    Don’t hate him cos he’s rich. The Planet needs his help, believe me.

  • Shenanigans

    Yup….he wants to make sure no stone is left unturned.

  • J Gurl

    Yeah as if $15M donations don’t mean anything. Please.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    That’s such an over-simplistic (jealous) view of this. They do not. Not really. Don’t hate him cos he’s wealthy. No one is forcing him to do this. Grow up. Wait, eat more pie! Something tells me you consume more food than most. You know that puts a strain on the earth! LOL

  • Moon Gazer

    I’m with you on this. Well said !

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    And it’s his second one. It’s remarkable.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    He has a passion and purpose greater than himself. :))

  • ####

    Ignore the troll……we can’t seem to get rid of them! SMH

  • CourtneyBettyEricLee

    Did you used to be the poster OscarsforRevenant?

  • ####

    You have nothing positive to say about Leo so why are you even here? If you hate the man so much, go to a thread of a celebrity that you do like and stop with your negativity on this thread because no one wants to hear it!

  • J Gurl

    Don’t respond to her. It’s witty kitty. Just flag and ignore :) If we respond it’s harder to get rid of her.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    No. I rarely post on Leo threads. Just saw his giving another $15M and my jaw dropped. I think it speaks of the good an actor can do, give back. He loves this planet, more people need to.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    No thank you.
    Carry on.
    You’re far too narcissistic for my tastes.

  • ####

    UGH….I know. I just had a weak moment!

  • CourtneyBettyEricLee

    Oh. Sorry my bad.

  • KB10

    Congratulations on receiving the World Economic Forum Crystal Award, Leo! You and your foundation have done impressive environmental work over the years and it’s great that you are recognized for it. Everyone can clearly see you put your heart and soul in your projects bringing awareness to animal and earth issues/crises needing attention (while often presenting them in a visually beautifully artistic way as well in terms of film documentary/photography, etc.) and through generous financial support as well. Amazing and impressive…reparative and preventative…timely and visionary. Good work. Well done!! (y) :D <3

  • Moon Gazer

    Perfectly said !!! I 100% ditto this one!

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Nope. Just NO interest in you.
    PS, You don’t know anything about me. So stop judging.

  • mememine

    Climate Change is our Iraq War and makes us the real redneck knuckle-dragging neocons.

    Climate change is a real threat to the planet but not real enough for science to finally agree it’s as real as they agree smoking causes cancer, no matter how hard we “believe” and HATE republicans and fear foster our children like neocons.,

    Are our science gods who gave us fracking and germ warfare also only 99% certain the planet isn’t flat?

    Exaggerating and abusing science wasn’t “progressive’ or civilized.

  • rotfl

    it blows me how passionate and intelligent he can be yet he only wants to date models half his age. why not be with a woman closer to his age who has the same passions as him??? sigh

  • Moon Gazer

    It would be cool to see him as mature in his relationships as he is his passion.
    But at least we got one out of two !!

  • Pari

    Awesome Team LDF!! Congratulations!! :) There is much work to do… heaps+loads… Himalayan!! :) Yet, every step counts and it is so important to highlight success that comes from them… Way to go Leo!! God bless all…

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    People don’t need to be ‘pro’ an actor to post, but posting in a (childish) way that demands attention (to feed their narcissism) is a turn off.
    Best to ignore them.

  • Dis gonna be gud

    That’s awesome ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

    Anything can happen at a P. Diddy party! Keke Palmer appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday and dished about the first time she went to one of Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs’ parties and spied a dancing Leonardo DiCaprio over New Year’s Eve in Miami.

    “My first encounter of a Diddy party was his birthday party you guys, and I didnโ€™t know what to expect,” Keke explained. “I donโ€™t do a lot of Hollywood-type parties and stuff like that, I usually keep it very low key, but I was like ‘you know what Iโ€™m gonna go out and have a good time.’ And I saw Leonardo DiCaprio and Kanye West dabbing in the corner. Iโ€™m like ‘I didnโ€™t even know Leonardo knew that dance!’”

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Yeah, maybe I did. But I can see it was just your age that made pronounce grand sweeping generalities. I apologize. Now, please refrain from replying. Or if you do I won’t reply. Do carry on though.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    No worries. Enjoy! Just stopped by.

  • also…

    So he started his foundation 18 years ago as an accessory for his Oscar campaign? This isn’t the first time he donated but it’s good to know he has done all this work only to get an Oscar. I guess he will stop after he got the award, right? ๐Ÿ˜

  • Revengefan0101

    I don’t know this dance. What’s dabbing???

  • ####

    You’re right. I let my emotions get the best of me bc I’m tired of this troll’s comments!

  • Shelly
  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    The best thing to do with trolls is don’t feed them.
    Hang in there, you’re actor most likely is getting his first Oscar!

  • Dis gonna be gud

    ROTFLMAO. That’s probably what Leo looks like when he does it

  • also…

    Fcuk off, dumb troll.

  • Pari

    Hahahahahaha pumpkin-pie :) me the pumpkin was NOT on a canonization march by any chance.. have I crowned him St Leo already?? :) And does my part matter? (scratching my head) .. neither am I his mother-in-law!! (OUCH!) :D
    Warm thanks to you for your sweet thoughts+love for India.. God bless you too.. :)

  • Fan Girl

    15 million! Bravo Leo!!!

  • Charade

    What you girls think about Jada&Will Smith’s Oscar’s boycott?
    Cause though I agree that due to the profile of most Academy members they tend to favour white actors when they have to choose I think she’s using this for her personal profit and notoriety.
    Chris Rock is apparently being pressured to drop as presenter but I kind of agree with his view: He can give way more notoriety to the problem by making sure millions of watchers are reminded about it all along the show and calling those voters influenced by race about it straight on their faces.

    Will has been nominated at the Oscars before and honestly he was good in the movie but as I said after watching it not that good. Definately not that good that you can say he was obviously ignored cause of his race. Can’t talk about Idris Elba cause I still got to watch Beasts of No Nation to be able to judge his performance. But the male acting categories got quite crowded this year. And regarding women if I don’t remember wrong none of the awards favourites this year starred black women. No idea about directors.

    And they just posted a blind that yes is obviously about her but some of the facts it gives are quite interesting and it would be great if someone prooved them true, cause that women is making it all about herself.

    All I’m saying is yes it’s obvious there is a race diversity problem in Hollywood. Is obvious that til voters get younger and more diverse themselves it will be a slower change. But I also think it’s obvious who is a speaker on the subject cause they truly want to help and who was in need of a publicity stunt and is pissed she’s missing the biggest red carpet of the year. Other celebrities have expressed their anger and concerns regarding this but she’s the one that ticks me as fake and ego driven.

  • Pari

    Would you like me to elaborate on idolizing / idol-worship pumpkin pie? Wonder if that will be allowed on the Board though? :)

  • also…


  • Davina

    Some people are using this issue to gain publicity which is really sad.

    And Jada stfu already, nobody cares. She is doing this only because her husband was not nominated otherwise she would be there, smiling to the cameras.

  • Shelly

    I think Will Smith let fame go to his head. He wanted his kids to work with him and asked for a large amount of money to be in the new Independence day 2. As you know that deal didn’t go through. He’s a big cry baby now.

  • Pari

    Am afraid I can NEVER be “sure” about who/what anyone is worshipping, as you say you are :) Indeed, it is common knowledge that I worship our Creator-God and respect HIM in everyone HE has made.. everyone who has HIS breath of life… :)

    Just to clarify on your thoughts of idolizing… placing a person/object/objective above God will make each of them lifeless, as they then simply become and remain mere achievable targets… but placing God above all of these will make them alive and meaningful as it involves inviting HIM to infuse HIMSELF into them, when HE will make them awesome, making us feel like “our” accomplishments are worthwhile… :)

  • Davina

    lol stop

  • ####

    She is obviously doing this for selfish reasons. It’s not like there have never been African American winners before. Denzel has won a couple of times, Halle Berry has won, Lupita won, Forest Whitaker has won, Jaime Fox, etc.

  • Shelly

    Come on Davina if Leo can do it so can we! I’ve been practicing! Lmao

  • Charade

    Exactly! He was nominated before and she never had a problem at that time with the Academy. If Will was nominated this year but other black actors writers directors etc were obviously snubbed cause of their race she would still go to the Oscars to enjoy cameras and the red carpet.
    She isn’t invited so she wants others to miss it.