£10m to be donated towards ‘saving the planet’ by leaving fossil fuels alone
Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated his latest environmental accolade by announcing his foundation will be donating $15 million (GBP10 million) to organisations committed to ending the world’s need for coal, oil and gas.
The Revenant star was honoured at the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday (19Jan16), and he confirmed he would be making another big donation during his speech.
“We simply cannot allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” the 41-year-old actor told the crowd.
“Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered-up the evidence of our changing climate. Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.
“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance.”
Leonardo’s foundation also made a $15 million donation to environmental charities last summer (15).
While in Davos, Leo praised the progress that has been made in the fight against climate change.
“Last month in Paris, world leaders reached an historic agreement that provides a concrete framework to reduce carbon emissions,” he said. “This was an important first step, but we are a long way off from claiming victory in this fight for our future – for the survival of our planet.”
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