As Leonardo DiCaprio celebrates his birthday today we look at all he has done to raise awareness about the impact we're having on the environment.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation- In 1998, DiCaprio set up this non-profit organisation that's devoted to promoting environmental awareness. It focuses particularly on global warming and supporting renewable energy. It has worked in over 40 countries on projects and produced two documentaries- Water Planet and Global Warming.

Earth Day- DiCaprio chaired the Earth Day celebration in 2000. He was interviewed by President Bill Clinton and they talked about ways they could deal with the global warming issue and help to improve the environment.

The 11th Hour- In 2007 he co-produced, co-wrote and narrated this documentary about people's relationship with nature and global warming.

Benefit- He raised nearly $40 million for his foundation by selling off '11th Hour' fine art in an auction. He told attendees, "Bid as if the fate of the planet depended on us."

July 2016- His foundation gave $15.6 million to help protect the wildlife and the rights of Native Americans and combat climate change.

Supporter- He has been a supporter of the World Wildlife Fund, Global Green USA, International Fund of Animal Welfare and the Natural Resources Defence Council.

Indonesia- In 2016- he travelled to Indonesia to criticise the government's palm oil industry slash and burn forest clearing methods.

Personal Life- DiCaprio only drives environmentally friendly vehicles and his home is powered by solar panels.

Cowspiracy- In 2015- he was the executive producer for the Netflix exclusive Cowspiracy. The film investigated into the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and how organisations approach the issue.

The Oscars- At the 2016 Oscar ceremony, DiCaprio won the award for Best Actor. He used his acceptance speech to express his worries about the environment:

' Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children's children and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.'


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