Leonardo DiCaprio gives $7 million to ocean conservation

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Leonardo DiCaprio is making headlines with his most recent effort to give back to the planet. The Hollywood actor, known for his work in Titanic and The Wolf of Wall Street, announced that he would be pledging millions to marine conservation.

The Oscar nominee told fans on his Twitter profile that he would be pledging $7 million through his foundation for ocean conservation.

DiCaprio appeared with Secretary of State John Kerry at the Our Ocean conference in Washington DC to make the announcement.

"I got to know Leo particularly well during my campaign for president when he took time out of his life to put his celebrity to work on behalf of what he believed was the right choices for the country in terms of the environment particularly," Kerry said, according to the State Department.

The announcement came at a good time. President Barack Obama also revealed a conservation plan to help wildlife in the Pacific Ocean, focusing on fish that are being sold illegally.

DiCaprio has been frequently contributing to ocean conservation. He has had an interest in marine biology for some time and began to give first in the U.S. before looking at seas abroad. Early efforts include giving money to protect the manatees in Florida. DiCaprio gave $3 million via the marine conservation group Oceana.

It will be an interesting two years for the Hollywood actor and his foundation. His initiatives include giving a grant to assist in protecting sharks, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. Helping save the oceans can also help save people, and DiCaprio is always glad to look firsthand to see what is going on miles below the surface of the ocean. The 39-year-old practices scuba diving. Australia is not too far for the actor and he began diving in the Great Barrier Reef some time ago on his diving trips, witnessing the damage caused in the environment.

“Protecting our planet's oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge," DiCapiro said, notes Tech Times.

Image courtesy of Jayme Oak/INFphoto.com

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