Titanic ResponsibilitiesTo the general public, it’s hard to make conservation cool, sexy, or otherwise interesting. Enter the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. As well known as Leonardo DiCaprio is for his films, he could arguably have more of an impact on future generations through his intense conservation efforts. If you caught his Oscar speech for The Revenant, you’ll understand his passion. In the incredibly short time allowed, Leo called climate change the “most urgent threat facing this entire species”. He ended with a plea to the general public, saying “let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take this night for granted.”
“If we do not act together, we will surely perish” — Leonardo DiCaprioEighteen years ago was a banner year for conservation as well as Leonardo. The year was 1998 and Leo was just 24 and fresh off Titanic fame. When most other people would be too busy partying, he started his own conservation foundation. That’s not to say he wasn’t partying, but at least he managed to have his act together sometimes. Since then, his foundation has helped save oceans, wild tigers, and many other environmental conservation efforts. That wasn’t all. In 2014, Leo was designated as a U.N. Messenger of Peace focusing specifically on the Climate. Earlier this year, he even met with Pope Francis for fifteen minutes to discuss his proposed plans for climate change. Damn, he loves the environment.