Leonardo DiCaprio attended the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos as one of the recipients of this year's Crystal Award, which honors people who improve the world. While receiving this honor, DiCaprio spoke passionately about climate change, lowering our global dependency on fossil fuels, and protecting the environment. This was not just talk, as DiCaprio also pledged to put his money where his mouth is.
DiCaprio announced he is giving away more than $15 million for these causes.
"Last month in Paris, world leaders reached a historic agreement that provides a concrete framework to reduce carbon emissions," DiCaprio said during his speech. "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."
The Academy Award-nominated actor's donations include funds to protect 6.5 million acres of Sumatra's rainforest and to grow green energy, according to The Guardian.
"Professor Mark Jacobson and a team of researchers at Stanford University have proven that we can meet the world's total energy demand using existing renewable technology by 2050," DiCaprio said. "This transition is not only the right thing for our world, it makes clear economic sense and it is possible within our lifetime."
The global concern over climate change is growing. Scientists recently reported that 2015 was the warmest year on record. The carbon dioxide released from fossil fuels are a major contributing factor behind climate change.
Now, more than ever, DiCaprio's denunciation of fossil fuels is important for people to hear.
"We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity," he said. "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."
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