Leonardo DiCaprio has been fighting climate change and supporting causes to stop endangering Earth’s inhabitants. To pursue his mission he established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to bring awareness to these issues. Last week, his foundation held the third annual fundraising gala that successfully raised $45 million. The room was full of star guests that joined in St. Tropez, France to help embrace the importance of taking action against climate change. With the support of every single person that generously donated to the cause, a movement can begin.

During the eventful evening, Leonardo DiCaprio also took time to honor the victims and survivors of Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. A portion of the proceeds were donated to GiveForFrance.org.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Powerful Words and Involvement

Leonardo DiCaprio’s opening speech focused on solutions to the world’s environmental challenges and finding solutions. In his speech he stated:

“While we are the first generation that has the technology, the scientific knowledge and the global will to build a truly sustainable economic future for all humanity – we are the last generation that has a chance to stop climate change before it is too late.” 

A very powerful statement that is. We are the generation that can take on this challenge by taking the information we have and the resources to create a solution. Finding the solution is just the beginning of actually solving the issue. Taking action is the most important step that will create a revolution of changes in the world. 

The foundation was established in 1998 and has funded more than $59 million environmental projects. The foundation has also taken part in $15.6 million in grants for efforts in preserving and protecting the future of the planet.  These grants assist in tackling the most pressing environmental issues.

DiCaprio is proud to support organizations that are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.

“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

Read, What is Climate Change? to learn more about the dangers it possesses.