Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most famous actors, but his new role will be one that will bring just as much praise off-screen as he’s been given on-screen. DiCaprio will serve as a UN messenger of peace with regard to climate change.
“I’m delighted to announce that a new voice will be joining our climate advocacy efforts,” UN secretary general Ban ki Moon said earlier yesterday. “Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t just one of the world’s leading actors; he has also long-standing commitment to environmental causes, including through his foundation. Today, I’m appointing him as our newest United Nations messenger of peace, with a special focus on climate change issues. His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge. His first act as messenger of peace will be to address the opening of the climate summit on September 10,” Moon said.
Leonardo DiCaprio responded with his observations from the Great Barrier Reef that have led him to see how much devastation exists within the environment. DiCaprio has served in a number of movies, and has received five Academy Awards nominations and ten Golden Globe Awards nominations. Some of his best movies have been Titanic (1997), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Blood Diamond (2006), and Django Unchanged (2012).
DiCaprio, as a film producer, owns his own film production company called Appian Way Productions. His contributions to environmental rights consist of a donation and membership in the Animal Legal Defense Fund to free Tony, a tiger chained in Louisiana state, as well as his own personal use of environmentally-free products such as solar panels in his home. DiCaprio is also a huge advocate for gay and lesbian rights and is an ardent supporter of the LGBT community.