At the Clinton Global Citizen Awards, Eva Longoria also honored the subjects of her upcoming ‘Food Chains’ documentary, who are dedicated to ending the exploitation of farm workers
Leonardo DiCaprio may not have nabbed any of the four Oscars for which he’s been nominated, but his work to protect the environment earned him a prestigious Clinton Global Citizen Award Sunday night.
Serving as the kickoff for the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, the 8th annual Citizen Awards honored outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership and impact in addressing global challenges.
DiCaprio, who has focused his philanthropic efforts on protecting and preserving the planet, urged those in attendance at Sunday night’s event to work to address what he called “a real and terrifying crisis.”
“Climate change is compromising the very livability of our planet,” the actor, sporting a long, scraggly beard and long hair pulled back into a bun, said as he accepted the Clinton Global Citizen Award for philanthropy.
After explaining, “less than three percent of all philanthropic giving goes toward protecting and preserving our environment,” a statistic he called “ridiculous,” with even less going towards protecting the world’s oceans, DiCaprio urged the audience of global leaders and philanthropists, “to put environmental issues at the forefront of the human agenda.”
“Together we can find ways to scale up funding and create intelligent partnerships. By protecting our oceans and our wildlands we allow species to recover, local communities to thrive and ultimately maintain a stable climate for all life on earth,” he said.
The actor, who earlier in the day participated in the People’s Climate Change march and is set to open the UN Climate Summit, added, “the world is now at a turning point and climate change is the defining issue of our time…The task before us to protect this planet will require the largest movement in human history. It will have to cross all cultural, religious and political boundaries. But the good news is the solutions are ready and with leaders like the ones in this room who do not shrink in the face of crisis. They can rise, they can inspire and they can contribute. And that truly is the best hope of planet earth.”
DiCaprio was presented his award by World Wildlife Fund CEO Carter Roberts, who said, “Now more than ever nature needs a voice. Leonardo DiCaprio is that voice.”
Roberts praised the actor for using his platform and resources to make a difference and for working to understand the science and situation on the ground, calling the actor an eloquent, inspiring leader.
In addition to DiCaprio, several other Hollywood stars attended the event including presenter Eva Longoria, who honored the subjects of her upcoming documentary Food Chains; host Seth Meyers; music director Randy Jackson; performers Aloe Blacc, Jason Mraz and The Roots; Brian Grazer; Sting and Trudie Styler; and Idris Elba.
President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State (and potential future presidential candidate) Hillary Rodham Clinton and a very pregnant Chelsea Clinton were also there.
Indeed, Chelsea’s pregnancy and the “impending although hopefully not immediate arrival,” as she said, of the elder Clintons’ first grandchild was a recurring topic at Sunday’s event.
Meyers quickly reassured the crowd that if Chelsea went into labor during Sunday night’s event and President Clinton had to leave, “Al Gore is waiting in the wings. Ready to step in for old times’ sake.”
He also joked that the Clintons don’t care if the baby is a boy or a girl, “as long as it’s a swing voter.”
But Meyers began his monologue by poking fun at the event’s venue: the Sheraton Times Square, calling the neighborhood “a great place to have your picture and your wallet taken” and adding to the out-of-town guests, “If you’re not from New York, I’m happy to tell you that the Times Square Sheraton is this city’s finest hotel.”
Leonardo DiCaprio has made climate change one of his core social issues over the past 15 years, and he has no signs of backing down against naysayers. Leo will turn 40 on November 11, but before that day comes, he can add a new title to his laundry list of professional accolades.
The United Nations just named DiCaprio a “Messenger of Peace” for his years of stewardship toward climate change awareness. “I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history — it is a moment for action,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.” DiCaprio is scheduled to speak at the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23.
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Leo joins past notable entertainers like Edward Norton, Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron, George Clooney, and Stevie Wonder as a recipient of the honor.
Watch a trailer for DiCaprio’s 2007 climate change documentary The 11th Hour below:
New project narrated by Leo, via politico.com:
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.
“We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now,” DiCaprio says in his narration of “Carbon,” released Wednesday.
“If national governments won’t take action, your community can,” DiCaprio says. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future.”
DiCaprio, who also produced the eight-minute film along with Tree Media, has been vocal on environmental issues such as climate change. The film, which comes ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23, calls for an end to carbon pollution by considering options such as carbon trading or carbon taxes. The film points to similar steps taken in countries like Ireland and Finland.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is featured in the film, points to climate legislation that he and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have introduced calling for a carbon tax.
“People should not have the ‘freedom’ to destroy the planet,” Sanders says in the film. “Given the severity of the problem, we’re not moving fast enough. We are looking at a fight to save this planet, and we have got to be bold, we have to be aggressive.”
“Carbon”Director Leila Connors said that Congress needs to act to put a price on carbon, adding that time is limited.
“We cannot afford to delay any longer. Washington — and governments around the world — need to act on all levels to keep carbon in the ground. The science is clear; the longer we wait, the harder and more costly this problem will be to solve,” she said.
Of DiCaprio’s involvement with the project, Connors said it’s a “powerful force.”
“Leonardo is unique in that he has not only an enormous audience, but also an in-depth knowledge of, and passion for, the issue of climate change,“ Connors said. “Any time you can combine that with a willingness to really get involved, it’s a powerful force for good.”
The actor also recently received praise from Secretary of State John Kerry in June for his efforts and support to raise awareness on climate change at a conference the pair attended.
Kerry said DiCaprio is a “terrific example of how an artist, an actor, a person of celebrity can take that celebrity and make it meaningful in the context of things that matter to people’s lives on a day-to-day base, more than being entertained.”
“Carbon” is the first film in a series called Green World Rising that focuses on climate change, with an additional three films set to be released ahead of September’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York City.
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The Playlist – With a prime opening slot for “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival next month, things look to be going pretty well for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and he even has “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy gearing up to shoot this fall. Or does he?
THR reports that the film, which was slated to start shooting in September, is now in jeopardy after the troubled production company Worldview Entertainment backed out of financing the movie. 20th Century Fox isn’t interested in putting up the money themselves citing the pay-or-play deals for the two leads (meaning they get paid even if the movie doesn’t get made), but there’s more complications. In a typically ambitious move by Iñárritu, he wants to shoot the movie—about a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and robbed, who then goes on a mission of vengeance—in sequence, which would add $7 million dollars to the budget.
But hope is on the horizon with every cinephile’s fave, Megan Ellison (“The Master,” “Her,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Killing Them Softly”), looking to step in and back the movie via Annapurna Pictures. So fingers crossed that Iñárritu gets to the shoot the movie the way he wants, and everything stays on track for what sounds like a potentially great film.
Photos of Leo’s appearance last month at the State Departments Our Ocean can now be found in our gallery:
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Foggy Bottom got a little taste of Hollywood Tuesday, when Leonardo DiCaprio appeared at a State Department event to pledge $7 million to ocean conservation.
The Wolf of Wall Street star unveiled the pledge at the State Departments Our Ocean conference, saying the sum would go toward meaningful ocean conservation projects over the next two years, funding organizations and communities that are establishing marine reserves.
DiCaprio spoke on the same day it emerged President Obama would significantly expand marine sanctuary protections in the Pacific Ocean. While the actor applauded the Obama administration and their work on marine conservation, he said more needed to be done by government to protect the fragile ocean environment.
It is the Wild West on the high seas. These last remaining underwater bio gems are being destroyed because there is no proper enforcement or sufficient cooperation among governments to protect them.
DiCaprio, a diving enthusiast, described the environmental devastation that he had witnessed firsthand over the past 20 years in his dives in the Australian Great Barrier Reef. The endless underwater utopia, he said, is now filled with bleached coral reefs and massive dead zones. During a diving trip to Cocos Island in Coasta Rica, he witnessed illegal fishing vessels invade the waters of one of the few shark sanctuaries in the world.
We are plundering the ocean and its vital resources, and just because we cannot see the devastation from dry land does not mean it is any less dangerous. It needs to stop.
DiCaprio has been a longtime ocean conservation advocate. Earlier this year, he gave a $3 million grant to Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, through his Leonardo DiCaprio foundation. (Source)
Earlier today, Leo was in France where he attended the amfAR 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The gala was presented By Worldview, Bold Films and Bvlgari. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has become quite a philanthropist by donating $1 million to help save elephants at a fundraising event. The actor made the donation at the Sundown Gala which raised money for the Elephant Crisis Fund.
The event was organisd by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation along with actor Mark Wahlberg and the Wildlife Conservation Network. (Source)