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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

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