DiCaprio had this to say in a press release:
We champion projects like this one across the globe that use cutting edge methods in conservation and environmental protection. This deal will enhance food security for the local people of Seychelles, help mitigate the effects of climate change on their low lying island home, and protect the surrounding rich ocean ecosystems for future generations.
Given how much influence they seem to have over us, it’s always wonderful to see celebrity figures step up in support of the causes they are most passionate about. What I particularly appreciate about Leonardo’s efforts is that he supports his words with impactful action.
Since being founded in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been involved in a number of change-making projects through funding, awareness, and public disclosure. Most notably, DiCaprio produced and narrated the documentary The 11th Hour, which both looked at the state of the global environment and explored ways to make things better.
The hope for the Seychelles agreement is that it can serve as an example for other, similar initiatives designed to protect the world’s vast and beautiful oceans from fishing and resource extraction.
This marks the second time this year that Leonardo DiCaprio caught our attention, the first being in February when he used his Oscar acceptance speech to speak for the First Nations and Indigenous people of this world.
While many still criticize DiCaprio’s efforts, seeing them as paltry in comparison to his obvious wealth, I personally still appreciate what he has done and continues to do. What are your thoughts? Let us know via the comment sections below.