Hello from Lake Athabasca. We’re here learning about the Canadian tar sands. We took a moment to join the #IceBucketChallenge movement in support of the ALS Association. My friends Chief Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation challenges Dave Collyer, president of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Chief Courtoreille of the Mikisew Cree First Nation challenges Mark Little of Suncor Canada, and The Sierra Club President Michael Brune challenges Shell CEO Ben van Beurden.
And me? In addition to a donation from my foundation, I challenge Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Oscar-nominated star Leonardo DiCaprio is in Fort McMurray to research a documentary about the oil sands, according to several media reports.
“He wanted to hear about and see — first-hand — the oilsands and their impact on the planet,” an anonymous source close the Hollywood actor told the Edmonton Journal.
DiCaprio has been an active environmental advocate and recently narrated a series of documentaries about climate change.
Leonardo DiCaprio held his first annual Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala in Saint-Tropez, France. Spotted among 500 guests were Marion Cotillard, Petra Nemcova, DiCaprio’s model girlfriend Toni Garnn, fashion designer brothers Dean and Dan Caten and Joan Collins. New besties Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne stepped off the luxury yacht they’ve been vacationing on nearby to attend.
It is always encouraging to hear when celebrities raise money for the good of our planet. The Leonardo DiCaprio foundation has announced that it raised a whopping $25 million for environmental causes at a charity auction in France.
“Not since the age of the dinosaurs have so many species of plants and animals become extinct in such a short period of time,” DiCaprio said in a speech, as quoted by La Prensa. ”The good news is there are solutions to these massive problems. Efforts like tonight will start addressing them.”
And the effort certainly helped. Guests paid between $7,000 and $130,000 to attend the event, and attendees included Joan Collins and Marion Cotillard. The auction, which included 500 guests, began with a bidding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle owned by DiCaprio and signed by him as well as Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. A Picasso sold for $1 million (paid by South African tycoon Patrice Motsepe), and Bono’s guitar also sold for $1 million. And then, Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik must have really loved the environment (or at least the art piece) to offer $6 million for a sculpture by British artist Damien Hirst.
DiCaprio created his foundation in 1998 in collaboration with environmental experts and leaders, in order to support the conservation of forests and oceans, protect biodiversity, and try to limit the effects of climate change. The actor is known for contributing large amounts to help the planet; in 2013, he donated a $3 million grant to the WWF for the conservation of tigers in Nepal.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will host a charity fundraiser in St Tropez later this month.
The Wolf of Wall Street actor will stage the inaugural Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation St Tropez Gala on July 23 to support environmental causes, reports contactmusic.com. (Also read: Leonardo DiCaprio Denies Birthday Girl a Photo-Op?)
The event is set to be one of the “most glamorous, talked-about and exclusive events” of the summer.
An email asking people to buy tickets reportedly read, “By attending and supporting this event you will not only be part of what will without a doubt be the most glamorous, talked-about and exclusive event of the summer, but even more importantly, your support will go directly to saving the earth.”
The event will be held at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu rosé winery.
Leonardo DiCaprio suits up while speaking onstage during the second and the final day of the Our Ocean Conference on Tuesday (June 17) at the State Department in Washington, DC.
The 39-year-old actor was on hand to donate $7 million to ocean conservation. Watch the video below of him speaking at the conference!
“It’s the Wild West on the high seas,” Leo shared at the conference. “These last remaining underwater bio gems are being destroyed because there isn’t proper enforcement or sufficient cooperation among governments to protect them.”
A would-be astronaut has paid $1.1 million to sit alongside Leonardo DiCaprio on a trip to outer space.
The seat went up for grabs at the annual American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) fundraising event – an auction, dinner and after-party that for many is the highlight of the Cannes Film Festival.
The once-in-a-lifetime trip on Richard Branson’s 2015 Virgin Galacic flight reportedly sold for £700,000 ($1.1 million). Leonardo auctioned off an identical flight at last year’s amFAR event for $1.7 million.
The charitable event, which takes place a stone’s throw away at the five-star Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes every year, raised a record $35 million for AIDS research.
Sharon Stone hosted the event which also included a 10,000-year-old wooly-mammoth skeleton coated in steel by Damien Hirst that sold for $17.5 million, a 1967 Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe that sold for $550,000 and a 1968 Picasso painting which fetched $600,000.