Leonardo DiCaprio’s Quest to Save the Planet
Until his Academy Award acceptance speech on Sunday night, The Revenant star Leonardo DiCaprio had for years slipped under the radar as one of the most committed climate and oceans advocates in Hollywood.
Instead, the public image that stuck was one of a talented, hard-partying star who seemed to be constantly surrounded by a coterie of models.
Now, though, many more are taking notice of his work, which he mainly conducts through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he established in 1998.
Since then, the foundation has supported more than 70 projects in more than 40 countries across the globe, including funding to preserve rainforests from palm oil plantations to establishing marine reserves that are off limits to fishing.
At the end of the day, it’s climate change that appears to animate DiCaprio the most, and he is not afraid to use his mega-stardom for the cause.
In his Oscar speech, for example, he declared:
“Climate change is real: It is happening right now, it is a most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
The speech came as no surprise to Jason Box, a glaciology professor at the Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland.