Leonardo DiCaprio: Actor and Environmentalist

In recent months, much of the US has experienced extreme winter weather. On Earth day of 2020, many celebrities and influencers have tried to gain their audience’s attention by using their platforms to talk about climate change. Whether it be through Instagram stories or posts, these famous artists, athletes, and other prominent figures felt passionate about the topic. They wanted to share it with the rest of the world— influencing them to make a difference. 

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One celebrity, in particular, caught my eye over the years. Leonardo DiCaprio, the main character of a couple of my favorite films, such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Titanic (1997), Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Aviator (2004), and The Departed (2006), inspired many people around the world. His vast following and ever so growing fame in Hollywood enables the actor to promote and assist many movements. 

In 1998, DiCaprio established his onymous The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which promoted awareness for climate change. Ever since he has been a person to look up to in the fight against climate change, he has been an active member of the annual People’s Climate March and produced multiple documentaries about environmental issues.

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In 2018, DiCaprio’s foundation announced $11 million in new grants pledged to Wildlands ConservationOceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions. This donation brought a $100 million financial impact— how incredible! 

In 2019, the foundation became a part of the Earth Alliance, a super-organization co-chaired by DiCaprio that pools the resources of several funds to further the fight against climate change and attacks on biodiversity.

Not to mention, he drives a Prius. He has made extreme efforts to support climate change movements while also making lifestyle changes to show his devolution. 

“I am consumed by this,” DiCaprio told Rolling Stone in 2016. “There isn’t a couple of hours a day where I’m not thinking about it. It’s this slow burn. It’s not ‘aliens invading our planet next week, and we have to get up and fight to defend our country,’ but it’s this inevitable thing, and it’s so terrifying.”

Leonardo has also posted on his Instagram; look below to see a couple of his posts.

His partnerships and promotions on his Instagram alone reach 47.8M people each day. Post interactions ranging from 519K to 3M likes. DiCaprio strives each day to make a difference and educate his followers. Priding himself as an environmentalist, he has been using his fame for good, not just for himself but for the planet.  

Check out his Instagram and foundation! See how you can make a difference today. 

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