Actor Leonardo DiCaprio‘s eco-conscious actions aren’t new to us. Over the years, he’s spent millions (and millions and millions) on conservation efforts, and the numbers keep climbing. This week, DiCaprio announced his foundation will earmark $15 million in the form of grants for environmental organizations working on conservation projects around the world. This is part of a multiyear effort DiCaprio has undertaken to make a positive impact on the environment, but the $15 million in question will be allotted this year alone.
In the past five years, the actor – who celebrated the funding announcement by posting his first-ever selfie on Instagram – has stepped up his contribution to saving the planet. His foundation has backed more than 70 high-impact projects in over 40 countries, all with a mission to protect wildlife, defend biodiversity, conserve oceans and forests, and combat climate change. DiCaprio was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace last year, joining 11 other celebrities who hold the honor for their environmental protection work.
“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” said DiCaprio in a statement. “We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it. I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”
It’s uncertain how many organizations will receive funding from DiCaprio’s latest allotment. Among them, however, are: Amazon Watch, California Wolf Center: Pacific Wolf Coalition, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Save The Elephants, Tree People, WaterKeeper and the World Wildlife Fund.