You wouldn’t think it to look at him, but Leonardo DiCaprio has been a household name for a very long time now. Since becoming a household name in the mid-1990s with Romeo & Juliet and the smash hit Titanic, Leo has gone from strength to strength, finally getting his long-overdue Oscar in 2016 for his lead role in The Revenant.
But aside from his success on screen, and his hard-partying ways off it, Leonardo Dicaprio has a deeper purpose in life. He has long been an outspoken advocate on climate change, and is definitely among the most famous faces in the world to raise their voice for the good of the planet.
It’s easy to roll our eyes when a big Hollywood celebrity champions a cause like this – a lot of people dismiss it as a ‘vanity project’ when a big name does something like this. However, according to some new information coming out, Leo has had a bigger impact on the world than most would have realized.
In fact, his organisation The Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation has raised almost $100 million for environmental projects since it was established 20 years ago.
Over the past two decades, he has supported over 200 environmentally focused projects through the foundation. At the recent 20th anniversary of the LDF, the Wolf on Wall Street actor was honored for his contribution to efforts to help protect the planet.
At the star-studded event, DiCaprio gave a speech in which he announced that there would be $11 million worth of new funding to all six of the foundation’s programs – this includes Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.
This would bring the foundation’s total contribution to over $100 million, which is an incredible amount of money, even by Hollywood standards.
In a statement from the LDF’s website, DiCaprio said: “When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did so based on the simple idea that we could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects – whether it be individuals, grassroots movements or major nonprofits, we wanted to focus on getting critical funding to those who could have the greatest impact”
Well, it looks lie he was just as successful in this endeavor as he has been in his movie career.
“We are extremely proud to celebrate 20 years of this model” he added. “Since 1998, we have supported over 200 projects on every continent and in every ocean from habitat and species conservation, renewable energy, climate change, indigenous rights, and more”
The glitzy event also featured a special performance by Coldplay frontman and fellow environmentalist Chris Martin, who performed a number of tunes, including a cover of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, the famous song from Titanic!
Here’s to Leo and his foundation for making a difference in the world.