The actor’s funds will help protect the Pacific Islands and the Arctic, while improving fisheries enforcement in Europe, the U.S. and Central America
Oceans 5, an international environmental collective, announced Thursday that Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation is donating $2 million to help stop illegal fishing and establishing marine reserves in the world’s five oceans.
The actor’s donation to the collective comes on top of a $3 million grant he announced earlier this year to Oceana’s effort to protect sharks, marine mammals and key ocean habitats in the Eastern Pacific. At a State Department conference on marine conservation in June, DiCaprio said his foundation would contribute $7 million to a variety of marine conservation initiatives over the next 24 months.
“The sad truth is that less than two percent of our oceans are fully protected,” DiCaprio said on Thursday. “We need to change that now.”
DiCaprio’s Oceans 5 grant will assist in the development of future initiatives and will directly support beneficiaries including: a new coalition of four conservation groups, working to strengthen controls on illegal fishing in the European Union, the world’s largest seafood market; a local organization in the Republic of Kiribati, working to implement the world’s fourth-largest marine reserve, located in the Central Pacific; a coalition of three organizations working to improve fisheries enforcement in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador, including construction of a radar facility on Cocos Island; a group of Cook Islanders working to create a marine park within a territory that is three times the size of California; and several organizations working to create Arctic marine reserves in Canada, Greenland and Russia.
The actor called Oceans 5 “an exciting new platform for marine conservation.” Founded in 2011, the “collaborative philanthropy” is comprised of eight foundations who “share a common inspiration for results-oriented grantmaking.” Its members and partners include: the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Oak Foundation, Planet Heritage Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Waitt Foundation, Moore Charitable Foundation, Angell Family Foundation and now, DiCaprio’s foundation.
“Oceans 5 is about making a difference for future generations,” said Ted Waitt, founder and chairman of the California-based Waitt Foundation. “Leo and his foundation bring a strategic focus to helping coastal communities protect biodiversity. It is a strong addition to our group.”
Leonardo DiCaprio will not be tackling the role of Steve Jobs.
The actor, who had been in talks with Sony to tackle the late Apple Computer co-founder for director Danny Boyle, has bowed out to instead shoot The Revenant. But instead of making the untitled Jobs project right after, as had been hoped, DiCaprio has removed himself from the project altogether. Sources say after DiCaprio finishes The Revenant, which began shooting this week, he plans to take a lengthy break from acting.
Though the Jobs project, based on a Walter Isaacson book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, is one of the most anticipated biopics in recent years, it has endured a few roadblocks since the best seller was first optioned by the studio in 2011, around the time of Jobs’ death.
David Fincher had been in talks to direct, but as The Hollywood Reporter revealed in April, he fell out of the project over compensation and control.
Now with DiCaprio out, the studio is eyeing a number of actors to take on the iconic tech figure, who has been both worshipped and reviled. Christian Bale, who Fincher wanted for the title role, is on Sony’s wish list, as is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (though Affleck seems unlikely given that he just signed on for the thriller The Accountant).
Not quite sure why he’s taking a break, but I’m sure it’s to focus more on environmental charity! Whatever it is, we know he’ll make everyone proud!
Celebrities and politicians have joined tens of thousands of protesters on the streets of New York for what is being billed as one of the world’s largest climate change marches.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who last week was named as the United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change, took part alongside fellow actors Mark Ruffalo, Ed Norton and Evangeline Lilly and the singer Sting.
From the world of politics, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, Al Gore, the former vice president turned climate change protester, and New York Mayor Bill di Blasio gathered with what organisers said were as many as 100,000 fellow protesters under grey skies in Central Park.
Serving as the kickoff for the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, the 8th annual Citizen Awards
Leonardo DiCaprio, the actor and United Nations envoy, has told world leaders gathered to discuss the “crisis” of climate change that they have an opportunity to “make history or be vilified by it.”
The Titanic and Wolf of Wall Street star spoke at the opening of the UN Climate Change Summit, where nearly 200 presidents and prime ministers, including David Cameron and Barack Obama, are due to pledge action to tackle global warming.
He told delegates: “This body, perhaps more than any other gathering in human history, now faces this difficult but achievable task. I beg of you to face it with courage. You can make history or be vilified by it.”
Calling for an end to tax breaks for oil, gas and coal companies, DiCaprio went on: “They don’t deserve our tax dollars, they deserve our scrutiny. For the economy itself will die if our ecological system collapses.
“As an actor I pretend for a living, I play fictional characters. I believe that mankind has looked at climate change in that same way, as if it were a fiction. None of this is rhetoric and none of it is hysteria; it is fact.”
Last week, DiCaprio was named by Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, as a UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change. On Sunday he played a prominent role in a 300,000-strong march through the streets of Manhattan to raise awareness of the topic. Other climate change protests were held around the world.
The Climate Change Summit was convened by Mr Ban during the annual gathering of the UN Assembly in New York.
DiCaprio said that the “climate change crisis” was now so severe that it was beyond the scope of individuals to tackle the problem, and that industries and governments now needed to take the lead.
“Solving this is not a question of politics, it is a question of our own survival,” he told the delegates. “I pretend for a living but you do not.
“The people made their voices heard around the world and the momentum will not stop.”
Mr Ban told the assembled gathering: “I grew up poor in war-torn Korea. I dreamed of peace, I dreamed of prosperity, I dreamed of opportunity.
“Sitting here today, in so many ways a dream come true. But today the dreams of people throughout the world hang in the balance.
“Climate change threatens hard-won peace, prosperity, opportunity for billions of people. But today we must set the world on a new course.
“Climate change is a defining issue of our age. Our response will define our future. To ride this storm we need all hands on deck.”
Mr Cameron and President Obama are due to address the Summit later today. Mr Obama is expected to unveil a range of measures to help poorer countries tackle the effects of climate change.
In the past, the US has been criticised for failing to take a lead on climate change issues, but President Obama is said to want to change the perception of America being a block to finding a solution to tackling global warming.
I’ve added a few photos of Leo accepting his award, enjoy!
A huge congratulations to Leo, so proud of him!
Leonardo DiCaprio has been tapped by the United Nations to be honored with the title of Messenger of Peace, and the actor has been asked to speak on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit to address the topic of climate change, the international organization announced on Tuesday.
“It’s an honor to accept the role of UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community,” said DiCaprio in a statement. “I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history – it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.”
Climate change may be the political topic most closely associated with The Wolf of Wall Street actor, who has regularly made headlines for his commitments to addressing the issue.
In February, DiCaprio pledged a donation of $3 million to marine conservation and followed with an additional $7 million pledge several months later. On Sept 21, two days before the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, the Clinton foundation will honor the actor for his committed environmentalism during a Manhattan gala event featuring Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.
Other Hollywood industry notables that have been bestowed the Messenger of Peace title by the U.N. in recent years include Edward Norton, Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron, George Clooney and Stevie Wonder.
“United Nations Messengers of Peace/Goodwill Ambassadors are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations,” reads the statement explaining the selection process on the U.N. site.
The Clintons will honor Leonardo DiCaprio later this month for the actor’s environmental work, the Clinton Global Initiative announced.
Along with DiCaprio, the president of Kosovo and others will be honorees at the foundation’s 10th annual meeting, which will open Sept. 21 with the Clinton Global Citizen Awards, the organization said.
“Collaboration and turning ideas into action are core to the ethos of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation,” Chelsea Clinton told The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the event Wednesday. “Hollywood, likewise, relies on collaboration to bring creative visions to life and has been an excellent partner to the foundation across a number of our efforts.”
DiCaprio, who has been praised by Secretary of State John Kerry for his work on climate awareness, recently narrated a short film promoting the need for a carbon tax.
Former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are all expected to attend the Manhattan event, which will be hosted by NBC’s Seth Meyers. President Barack Obama is also expected to attend, as are Matt Damon and philanthropist Melinda Gates.
Presenting the awards will be former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria and music producer Randy Jackson. The evening will also have musical performances by a number of artists, including The Roots, Jason Mraz and Aloe Blacc.
Celebrity ice bucket challenge videos have filled news feeds across America for weeks. Fortunately, at least a few of those willing public figures aren’t just talking the good deed talk — they’re opening their thick wallets to combat ALS, too.
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and David Spade have donated more to the ALS Association than any other celebrities, according to the organization. ALSA confirmed to The Huffington Post that each star donated $100,000 to fight the neurodegenerative disease that affects about 30,000 Americans at any given time.
“People have responded with such generosity it is truly remarkable and we couldn’t be more appreciative,” Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the association, said in a statement released Aug. 29. “These donations will truly help fuel our fight against ALS in ways that were never before possible.”
DiCaprio and Spade are two of four individuals who gave gifts of $100,000, the association said. John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile U.S., and Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Cruise Lines, also gave gifts equaling that amount.
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.