Leonardo DiCaprio donates $2 million to the world's oceans

October 22, 2014 | Environment
Leonardo DiCaprio: oceans will thank you

Leonardo DiCaprio has donated two million dollars to Oceans 5, a non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the world's five oceans.

The actor's donation will be channeled to projects that aim to stop overfishing and establish marine reserves in the world's oceans.

DiCaprio, who spoke during the opening session of the Climate Change Summit, at the United Nations in New York, wants politicians and businessmen participating in a global solution for the climate crisis.

"We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor," Leonardo DiCaprio told.

"We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections."

That is why the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is showing the way. The Ocean 5 donation will support projects creating large protected areas in the Pacific Islands and the Arctic while also improving fisheries enforcement in Europe, the United States and Central America.

DiCaprio's contribution also supported the protection of threatened shark populations, created a large marine monument in remote Pacific waters of the United States, and advanced efforts to protect Antarctica.

"Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation – if, admittedly, a daunting one," concluded DiCaprio, in New York.

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