When Leonardo DiCaprio accepted his Golden Globe Award for Best Actor on January 10, he dedicated his award to the often ignored indigenous communities around the world.

 “And lastly, I want to share award with all the First Nations people represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world,” he said. “It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them. It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations.”

More than a week later, he has once again brought attention to indigenous communities. This week, it was revealed that DiCaprio donated $15 million for environmental projects, $3.4 million of which will go to the indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon who have been affected by petroleum extraction, according to El Universo. The money will specifically help the Cofanes, Secoyas, Sionas, and Huaoranis.

The rest of the money will go to monitoring commercial fishing in Oceania, conservation of coral reefs in the Seychelles, promoting renewable energy in the United States, and protecting the rainforest from palm oil deforestation.

“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” DiCaprio said in a statement, People reports. “We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it. I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”

Responses to "Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3.4M to Indigenous Groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon"

  1. Unknown says:

    That you for believing improvements are possible. The donation should be able to put a dent in structuring groups that like to work together and learn change.

  2. It is amazing to have someone so successful in Hollywood humble enough to appreciate the basic needs of Earth. God Bless Leonardo DiCaprio and his actions lately are fantastic and continue to amaze us.

  3. Unknown says:

    I totally idolize u Leonardo u have such a huge heart and you amaze me everyday or when I hear or see what u do for others.

  4. Unknown says:

    this warms my heart. i know that the indigenous peoples in the US need but I recognize these groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon are in tremendous need also. Bless U Leo and thank you from all over the world. you are doing so much and it is appreciated and will not be forgotten.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Since Wolf of Wall street .Through dream.I think it,s wonderful to turn things around for the environment and for indigenous peoples.A change of direction for the better.Thank you.

  6. Anonymous says:

    In heart with U

  7. Unknown says:

    My heart gos out to the people that make a difference. Thank you Leonardo

    Elissa :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    God Bless You and your family.

  9. Saki Veitogavi says:

    The iTaukei, Native Fijians many who watch your movies are the indeed encouraged at such recognition for first peoples.Vinaka vakalevu , thanks you heaps

  10. Unknown says:

    He has of this a soul of great kindness and love of all people and of the planet. . I feel the same way.i love the fact that he put his money where his heart is.. for the indigenous People.

  11. valerie says:

    I see your compassion and idealism

  12. Unknown says:

    Thank you in name of my country Ecuador ! Amazon forests and jungle have to be protected and you have a sensitive heart to understood this! Thank you again!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I may be deaf and native person but I am so stoked that you have beautifully soft outspoken at both award shows so Thank you May Rainbow Warriors from Universe Give you Their Blessings <3

  14. Zayitas says:

    Good for you. Keep up the good work!

  15. Unknown says:

    Thank you Leo!

  16. Anonymous says:

    The selfless actions of a warrior; good man!

  17. Unknown says:

    .make sure you their when they give it away. Because many claimed organizations line their pockets into a phoney spreadsheet payroll system. The poor never get it. Write a check or gift cards and pass them out like Micheal Jackson did. To direct source. Jesus would suggest this. method💒

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