The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced that it is awarding $20 million in grants to a wide variety of projects around the world that will help save the environment, its people, and encourage sustainability. The large sum will be spread across 100 organizations, whose goals range from restoring mangroves in Mexico to establishing reserves in all five oceans.
The foundation was established in 1998 and this sum will raise the organization's impact to $80 million since it first began. DiCaprio has been significantly enhancing his efforts to help the environment in the last few years and he points to his role in Revenant, which had environmentalist undertones, as a major motivator to increase his role in combating climate change.
"We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad. 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," Leo said in a speech delivered to a climate change conference at Yale University this past Tuesday.
DiCaprio has become increasingly involved in not only environmental projects, such as on-the-ground work in rainforests being slashed for palm oil, but also diplomatic actions. This includes meeting with former president Barack Obama and President Donald Trump to discuss climate change, becoming a Messenger of Peace for the UN, and producing a documentary on climate change.