"The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore," says the actor

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated July 14, 2015 03:45 PM
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Leonardo DiCaprio is passionate about making a difference in the world.

In his latest philanthropic effort, the actor, a devoted environmentalist, has pledged $15 million in donations to more than 30 organizations working to achieve a similar goal: “implementing innovative and impactful conservation projects around the globe.”

The 40-year-old star’s namesake charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, announced Tuesday that it has awarded grants to environmental groups including Amazon Watch, National Geographic: Pristine Seas, Save the Elephants and the World Wildlife Fund.

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“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it. I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”

Just last year, the Wolf of Wall Street actor enlisted some of his A-list friends to help raise more than $25 million at a gala. Valuable prizes were put up for auction, including two “extra” roles in one of DiCaprio’s films, Bono’s personal guitar and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle autographed by Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. All proceeds benefited his campaign to save Earth’s wild regions and animals.