Leonardo DiCaprio joins Billionaire investors, Philanthropists to combat Climate Change

Hollywood famous actor and Titanic hero Leonardo DiCaprio has come up with a brilliant initiative to combat climate change because we all know that Earth is not the same as before.

Earth is turning out to be less hospitable to human life. With a growing rate of environmental degradation, we are putting our own lives at complete risk and there is no question whether humans will be the main victim of their own mass extinction.

Human activities have turned the planet from bad to worse. We have already destroyed tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years. According to the findings published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), humans have caused enough carnage to wildlife in the last 45 years.

Between 1970 and 2014, our planet nearly lost 60% decline of its mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, almost everything due to human activity. Not just that, deforestation is also one of the activities that humans have long been doing but they hardly find time to plant a sapling. The rate at which the planet is losing its biodiversity is comparable only to the mass extinctions without second thoughts.

Upon learning these activities which are slowly wiping out life on Earth, Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with billionaires and philanthropists to fight climate change. He started a new non-profit organisation called ‘Earth Alliance’ to battle climate change.

The actor once again proved that he is a genuine environmentalist when he expressed his feelings over Chennai’s water crisis and Ghazipur trash mountain while Bollywood celebrities remained silent.

Interestingly, he had earlier presented a breathtaking environmental documentary some time ago. And now, he has taken environmental activism a step higher, he co-launched a new non-profit organisation that is working towards battling climate change.

Teaming up with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs (the wife of the late tech magnate Steve Jobs) and Brian Sheth, he launched the initiative- The Earth Alliance.

The Earth Alliance “will work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on Earth.”

They will now form a new independent management team that will have internationally eminent scientists and conservationists who will work world wide to protect ecosystems and wildlife, make sure that there is climate justice, support renewable energy, and protect all life on earth.

“I am incredibly proud of the impact my foundation has had over the last 20 years by supporting nearly 200 projects from 132 different organisations across climate science, marine and land conservation, critical species preservation and indigenous rights,” DiCaprio said.

“Today marks the next step in the evolution of LDF as it fully merges under the new Earth Alliance management and grant-making framework. Laurene and Brian are incredible civic leaders who share my passion and understanding of the urgency and scale of the challenges we face.

I am proud to partner with them to form this new larger, nimble platform that shares resources and expertise while identifying the best programs to drive real change around the planet,” he added.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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