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While well-known for his high-profile movie roles, from Howard Hughes in “The Aviator” to Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf on Wall Street,” actor Leonardo DiCaprio is also celebrated for doing amazing work for the planet as a humanitarian and environmentalist.

In 1998, DiCaprio established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the Earth’s “last wild places and fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.”

Since the foundation’s launch, DiCaprio has helped bring awareness to environmental and humanitarian issues through grant making, campaigning and media productions like the 2007 documentary, “The 11th Hour.”

Last year, his foundation created a $3 million grant for the World Wildlife Fund directed at doubling wild tiger numbers in Nepal by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.

Just this week, Oceana, one of the largest international marine advocacy groups, announced that DiCaprio has again created a very generous grant of $3 million but this time to help save the oceans and keystone marine species like sharks.

More specifically, the grant will be spread over three years and aid Oceana in advocating for responsible fishing measures and protecting marine animals from becoming bycatch. For example, the grant will help Oceana advance a campaign aimed at banning drift gillnets off the coast of California, which kill “large numbers of non-targeted marine animals including sperm whales, gray whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, elephant seals and sea lions,” as Oceana reports.

“Protecting our planet’s oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge,” DiCaprio said. “It’s my hope that this grant will help Oceana continue the tremendous work that they do daily on behalf of our oceans.”

Well done, DiCaprio! How wonderful it is to see someone like him using his high profile position and resources to actually make the world a better place.

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122 comments on “Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Help the Oceans”

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SEPCO - Solar Lighting
4 Months Ago

I love seeing people of influence, like celebrities, doing their part to make a difference for the good of the world! Keep up the great work Leo.


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Shelley Wolf
4 Months Ago

Way to go Leo!!! We need more great humanitarians like you. What good is money if you can't do some good with it? Awesome.


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DART - Disaster Animal Response Team Australia
4 Months Ago

Love him. Love Leo <3


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Mary Martin
4 Months Ago

Need to clean up our oceans & get rid of debris/lines that are entangling the whales . Or how about pay the Japanese not to hunt dolphins?


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Siti Chairani Proehoeman
5 Months Ago

I am happiest each time to hear that there is again another being with LOVE. Admire you Leonardo di Caprio.


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Sherri Spangler-Herman
5 Months Ago

yes yes


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Corinna Rach
5 Months Ago

Sweet man!


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Marlana Mazmanian McCliman
5 Months Ago

And the planet & my health. Now..I got to go for a run and hang with my family. Have a nice day. Bye


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Marlana Mazmanian McCliman
5 Months Ago

David McCollester....veganism is not about being perfect. It is about doing your best. If I happen to use plastic today it won't justify participating directly in harming a being and our planet by eating or wearing animal products tomorrow. Just because I accidentally step on a snail tomorrow does not mean I am going to take my family to the circus. Veganism is about causing less harm not more harm. Just as I would not kill a human after eating from a plastic container I would not kill a non human animals. And if you are concerned about the ocean.. Go vegan. Our ocean dead zones are increasing. I can tell you why but I have done the research. So can you. Google it. I don't not eat meat and dairy because I didn't like it. I don't eat meat because it is harmful to justice.


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Gregory Lichtenson
5 Months Ago

YEAH SO YOU CAN LOWER YOUR TAX BRACKET!! YOUR A SLEAZY BASTARD !!


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