Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrities doing green stuff -- Leonardo DiCaprio

Let's take a look at celebrities who have taken on green causes!

This week, we'll start with Leonardo DiCaprio (photo:  When Leo's not being mauled by a bear or having a campout in a horse carcass, he's very interested in environmental causes.  He has founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which states:

"The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF works in 4 key areas:

  • Protecting biodiversity
  • Oceans conservation
  • Wildlands conservation
  • Climate change"
The foundation was started in 1998 and has donated $30 million in grants to over 65 organizations.  Projects are varied and there are lots of ways you can get involved:
  • Saving orangutan habitat in Sumatra.  Have you removed conflict palm oil from your kitchen shelves? 
  • Defending Ivindo National Park.  Remember to avoid any elephant products when buying souvenirs, home decor, or medicine.
  • Restoring Ecuador's Pacific Lowland Forests.  Learn more about frogs and other amphibians and the environmental threats they face.
  • Recovery of Stellar Sea Lions.  Learn more about marine mammals!
Let's join Leo and work on species conservation and biodiversity issues!  When you're finished watching him tell Ellen Degeneres about sharks, you can plan your conservation strategy.

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