It’s Official: Leonardo DiCaprio is the New Captain Planet

The good doing celebrity is giving away $15 million to environmental causes.

Jan 25, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio at the Cannes Film Festival

Leonardo DiCaprio at the Cannes Film Festival (Andrea Raffin /

Alongside his acting career, Leonardo DiCaprio has long been a friend of the environment. In 1998 he created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation - dedicated to wildlife and habitat preservation, healthy oceans, water access, climate change and disaster relief - and he also sits on the board of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This week, he’s taken it up another notch.

Talking to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Leo announced that his foundation will be donating some $15 million to fast-track cutting edge sustainability and conservation projects around the globe. In a passionate address, he told the forum about a recent trip on which he witnessed ancient glaciers that are rapidly disappearing due to climate change.

This isn’t the first time his foundation has made such a big move. Since creating his foundation, Leo has donated over $30 million dollars to more than 65 environmental organizations. Captain Planet indeed!

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