At Yale University on Tuesday, Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio announced the grants during a climate change conference.
The announced portfolio is the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s largest ever portfolio of environmental grants, upping the total amount of financial impact to over $80 million since 1998 when it was formed.
Causes such as wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as climate programs, will benefit from the new grants, with over $20 million offered to over 100 different organizations.
During the conference at Yale, hosted by John Kerry, DiCaprio announced,
We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad. These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations — and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change.”
The award winning actor continued with a message to push how necessarity it is for urgent action to switch to renewable energy from fossil fuels;
There exist today many proven technologies in renewable energy, clean transportation, and sustainable agriculture, that we can begin to build a brighter future for all of us. Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water. We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late.
This round of grants comes at a critical time. With a lack of political leadership and continued evidence that climate change is growing worse with record-breaking heatwaves and storms, we believe we need to do as much as we can now before it is too late. – Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
The grants announced covered six areas relating to the environment and conservation, these are: climate change, wildlife and landscape conservation, marine life and ocean conservation, innovative solutions, indigenous rights and the California program.