The Oscar-winning actors environmental activism may not quite stretch back to Whats Eating Gilbert Grape but he has steadily schooled himself on the oceans and climate change since the 1990s
Leonardo DiCaprio was a climate champion long before the actor wrapped himself in an animal carcass, vomited up raw bison liver, and risked hypothermia for his Oscar-winning role in Revenant.
DiCaprio used his acceptance speech for best actor to urge a global audience to reject the politics of greed, and support leaders willing to take action against climate change.
Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating, the actor said.
The Oscars was probably the biggest audience to date for DiCaprios activism – but campaigners who have worked with the actor said he has been steeped in the issue for years, and is desperate about the need for action.
Over the last few years, DiCaprio has steadily donated his celebrity – and at least $30m in funding according to his foundation – to help advance the United Nations climate negotiations, protect coral reefs and tigers, and spread public awareness about the dangers of climate change.
The actor has become a fixture at events focused on global challenges since 2014, dropping in at the Davos economic forum to pick up an award last January, and holding a private chat on the sidelines with Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations secretary general, on the sidelines of the Paris climate negotiations last December.