Leonardo DiCaprio will address a U.N. Summit Meeting on climate change on September 23, 2014, a day before the U.N. General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders begins. Many leaders from the one hundred and ninety three member states of the United Nations are expected to attend the climate session.
In February 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio pledged a donation of $3 million to marine conservation and followed with an additional $7 million pledge several months later. On September 21, 2014, two days before the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, The Clinton Foundation will honor Leonardo DiCaprio for his committed environmentalism during a Manhattan gala event featuring Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.
Leonardo DiCaprio is not a new name when it comes to taking up for causes. The thirty nine year old Hollywood star established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, in the year 1998, whose mission is protecting Earth’s last wild places and building a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. The organization has contributed funds toward protecting tigers in Nepal, elephants in the wild, and marine animals, including sharks.
“I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history – it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.” stated Leonardo DiCaprio in his official statement.
There are currently eleven other messengers of peace and one goodwill ambassador, the United Nations said. Other messengers who advise the world body on a variety of issues include actors Michael Douglas and Charlize Theron and author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
Leonardo DiCaprio now joins other celebrities past and present, from Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie, who have represented various U.N. organizations.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a post he will use to raise awareness about climate change. Leonardo DiCaprio...3.0