Dicaprio became a fixture in the world of environmental activism back in 1998, when he formed The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to “working on pressing environmental and humanitarian issues through grant making, campaigning and media projects.”
To supplement his work with the Foundation, DiCaprio claims residence on the board of several major environmentalist groups, including the World Wildlife Fund and Global Green USA. From providing clean water to third world countries via a grant to the group Concern Worldwide, to working hand in hand with WWF to ensure the protection of endangered tigers in Nepal, DiCaprio’s efforts have had far-reaching effects on multiple areas of the green movement.
DiCaprio recently played a direct part in instigating new legislation that will end the pervasive ivory trade in Thailand. After he urged Thai Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra to take action via a petition, the country announced that it would crack down on loopholes allowing for the sale of tusks from domesticated elephants.