DiCaprio to be honoured for activism

Leonardo DiCaprio will be honoured by The Clinton Global Initiative later this month.

Leonardo DiCaprio will be honoured for his environmental activism later this month.

The 39-year-old actor founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to protect “Earth’s last wild places”, according to the organisation’s website.

And The Clinton Global Initiative will pay tribute to the actor and others at its 10th anniversary awards ceremony in Manhattan September 21, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The eighth annual event, hosted by Seth Meyers, is expected to draw a long list of stars, including Matt Damon and Eva Longoria and performers Aloe Blacc, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz and The Roots.

Former US President Bill Clinton launched the awards ceremony to honour achievements in global challenges. He’s expected to attend with former US First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as their daughter, Chelsea.

“Collaboration and turning ideas into action are core to the ethos of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation, where partnerships in global health, education and fighting climate change are improving the lives of millions of people around the world,” Chelsea told THR.

“Hollywood likewise relies on collaboration to bring creative visions to life and has been an excellent partner to the Foundation across a number of our efforts. My family is grateful that some of the most talented, caring and engaged artists in entertainment will help us shine a light on this year’s Clinton Global Citizen Award honorees and their extraordinary commitments and work to strengthen communities around the world."

The announcement comes seven months after the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced its $3 million donation to international advocacy group Oceana.

The money will be used to aid the organisation’s efforts to protect “threatened ocean habitat and keystone marine species in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans”, according to a press release.

“Protecting our planet’s oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge,” Leo stated at the time. “It’s my hope that this grant will help Oceana continue the tremendous work that they do daily on behalf of our oceans.”
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Wednesday, 10. September 2014