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Leo wants more

by Ewa Biging - Editor in Chief, Just Breathe Mag

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Leonardo DiCaprio is the amount of compassion he puts into his acting. I also love the passion he puts in his environmental activism.

For many years, Leo has spent much of his time and money towards humanity. Through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation he recently pledged $7 million to ocean conservation projects and $3 million towards marine wildlife preservation. His foundation places particular emphasis on issues of global warming, alternative and renewable energy sources, and the preservation of the planet’s beautiful biodiversity.

During his recent appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2014 meeting in New York on September 21, 2014, he received the Clinton Global Citizens award for philanthropy. During his speech he said:

"Less than three percent of all philanthropic giving goes toward protecting and preserving our environment. That's ridiculous. And a fraction of that three percent goes to protecting our oceans, which is the foundation of all life on this planet."

With this being said, Leo uses digital media to inform and inspire the public, empowering his fans and offering them ways to take action on many issues.

His selfless acts had promptly turned him from a man I admired to a man I respected. DiCaprio is effecting real change on our planet, and that likely means more to him than a golden Oscar any day.



published: 11/11/2014

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