A passionate ambassador for the protection of the oceans
Heartthrob actor Leonardo DiCaprio received the Grand Medal Albert 1er Mediation Section, on July 21, 2015, from the hands of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, in the presence of Robert Calcagno, Director of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (MOM) and Victor Hwang, President of The Friends of the MOM, in the occasion of DiCaprio’s sojourn in the area for his 2nd Annual Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) philanthropic event in St. Tropez.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who was recently designated as UN Messenger of Peace with special focus on Climate change from the United Nations, is the ideal ambassador to spread the word about the preservation of the oceans and invite people to turn indifference into action. Every year the Oceanographic Institute honors those, who with their passion and courage, contribute to create awareness to protect the oceans, and in doing so our ecosystem. It is the first time that the Grand Medal Albert 1er, reserved up to now to scientists, has been awarded to a public personality, thus honoring men and women for their work to safeguard the health of our oceans, that are the largest ecosystems on Earth and our planet’s largest life support system. DiCaprio adds his voice to the efforts of the Oceanographic Institute, that upholds and shares its mission following the wish of its founder Prince Albert I of Monaco: « knowing, loving and protecting the oceans ».
DiCaprio’s Foundation raised 40 million dollars to preserve the environment
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd gala that took place on July 22, 2015, at the Bertaud-Belieu Domain in St. Tropez, raised more than 40 million US Dollars, that will enable the foundation to continue their work in protecting Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to preserve and save the environment. Since its creation in 1998, the LDF has already awarded more than 30 million US dollars to more than 65 organisations. LDF works in 4 key areas: Protecting Biodiversity, Wildlands Conservation, Climate Change and Oceans Conservation.
The Academy-Awards nominated actor and activist was accompanied by notably Marion Cotillard, also involved in the defense of the environment, but also other prestigious environmentalists, among them Elton John, Sylvester Stallone, Prince Albert II of Monaco or even Irina Shayk. The cocktail in the garden and sumptuous dinner were followed by an impressing Auction including a Warhol painting, a property valued at 10 million Euros in the island of Belize, a private concert by Elton John or even the privilege to accompany producer Harvey Weinstein to all his gala events for 1 million euros.
DiCaprio is also engaged in the environmental organization committee of different associations, among them: World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the funders’ collaborative Oceans 5, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The actor’s metamorphosis
DiCaprio’s metamorphosed look has everything to do with his lead role in The Revenant, the upcoming epic western thriller film of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, where the actor will be playing the role of frontiersman fur trapper Hugh Glass, dressed in animal skin, greasy hair, and long beard. The film tells the story of the survival of pioneers in the snow-covered forests of Missouri in the Midwestern of USA, where Glass was left for dead and robbed by his companions, after being mauled by a bear. He survives and sets out to get revenge on those who betrayed him.
“Mother Earth is hurting. And she needs a generation of thoughtful, caring and active kids like all of you to protect her for the future.” Leonardo DiCaprio