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Leonardo DiCaprio helps create new environmental alliance

Leonardo DiCaprio, the Hollywood star famous for his environmental activism, has joined billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to found a new non-profit world organisation for environmental protection.

According to the statement issued by the organisation, Earth Alliance “will work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on Earth.”

The organisation will offer grants and educational opportunities, finance campaigns and films and cooperate with local organisations and people in regions that are worst affected by the extinction of species and climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio emphasised that Earth Alliance is a

“new larger, nimble platform that shares resources and expertise while identifying the best programs to drive real change around the planet.”

DiCaprio’s own environmental foundation has spent one hundred million dollars so far to support goals such as the protection of lions, the replanting of mangrove forests, legal protection of indigenous peoples and the provision of easier access to sustainable solar energy. It is planned that the star’s existing foundation will merge into the new environmental organisation.

The Sheth Sangreal Foundation, established by Brian Sheth (Vista Equity Partners) and his wife to support environmental and educational causes, will fund the operational and administrative costs of Earth Alliance. Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder and leader Steve Jobs and chair of the philanthropic organisation Emerson Collective is also among the founders of the new organisation.

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio giving a speech at the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement at
UN Headquarters in New York, on 22 April 2016
Photo: MTI/EPA
Further information: Earth Alliance

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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