Wednesday

Leonardo DiCaprio announced that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will award $20 million in grants to more than 100 environmental organizations that focus on a variety of causes, including combating climate change, indigenous rights, and wildlife and habit conservation.

The move will increase the foundation’s total financial impact to more than $80 million since 1998.

The newly announced financial assistance is Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s “largest-ever portfolio of environmental grants,” the organization’s website states. The grants will support the work of the foundation’s partners all around the world and will go to groups ranging from major environmental organizations to local partners protecting vital ecosystems, threatened species, and at-risk communities.

The grants were announced by DiCaprio during a climate change conference at Yale University. “We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad,” he said. “These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations – and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change.”

Terry Tamminen, CEO of the foundation, pointed out that the grants come at a critical time. “With a lack of political leadership, and continued evidence that climate change is growing worse with record-breaking heatwaves and storms, we believe we need to do as much as we can now, before it is too late,” Tamminen said.

Already announced were grants across six areas: Climate Program, Wildlife and Landscape Conservation Program, Marine Life and Oceans Program, Innovation, Media & Technology Program (IMT), Indigenous Rights Program, and California Program.


During his conference, DiCaprio also pushed for urgent action for a global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, reminding that “there exist today many proven technologies in renewable energy, clean transportation, and sustainable agriculture, that we can begin to build a brighter future for all of us.”


“Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water,” DiCaprio went on to say. “We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late.”

"It's 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," said DiCaprio.

Responses to "Leonardo DiCaprio just gave $20 million to help indigenous rights and wildlife"

  1. All love to this mans actions!

  2. nic man says:

    Thank you Leonardo your awesome!! I wish I can help too

  3. Thank you for your commitment and concern for the environment. A special thank you for your concern and grasp of indigenous rights. Very few non-indigenous people get it, but you do. Thank you, again.

  4. Unknown says:

    I wish all millionaires and billionaires would follow Mr. DeCaprio's example.

  5. Earle Cummings says:

    I worked for years managing a small grant program for urban Stream Restoration in California, and an economic study found it significantly improved property values. Your grants multiply the value of communities where you invest in their needs.

  6. Unknown says:

    as a Native American Indian woman , I am thankful for your generosity in these matters we are all facing today . I would also be grateful if your org could please shine a light on the epidemic of missing girls and women , from Native tribes both is USA and Canada , at present over 700 a yr are kidnapped, raped and murdered . NO major news stations will cover these stories not even today . And ,this is a huge EPIDEMIC . for every single woman or girl that is murdered , that removes that generation for ever . stopped in the tracks or leaving kids behind with no Mother , or Aunt sister , or Grandmother. I hope your ORG will please look into this as part of the Native Support aspect of these grants . thank you .

  7. Tory Star says:

    We all bebefit from your generosity.

  8. Unknown says:

    from great men come great actions if we all stand up they will fall.colonial greed and ignorence has to stop.

  9. Jordan P M Courchene says:

    <3 Bless Leonardo DiCaprio and his family, great man! Great job!

  10. Unknown says:

    Great men do great things, thanks to you 20 million times

  11. Unknown says:

    This is so wonderful thank you!!!

  12. Unknown says:

    What a good kind hearted person

  13. Unknown says:

    superrrrr

  14. Unknown says:

    SUPERRRRR

  15. Great Actor, wonderful action

  16. ANNA says:

    this is awesome, such a great news, and finally someone who stands up, I would too if I have the money, hurraY TO lEONARDO

  17. km says:

    god bless you are all indigenous:-) if i had that kind of money i would have done the same..:-)

  18. That's awesome! Now if only more people actually cared like this. Thanks Leo!!��������

  19. So happy to hear this news for all my brothers and sisters in the USA. :)

  20. ah Va says:

    Legend!! You beauty!! What a positive step forward mate. Far out, Justin giving it your all in cold hard cash! Thanks bro

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