Leonardo DiCaprio pledges $15 million to help save the planet

Leonardo DiCaprio has stayed true to his commitment to help save the environment by donating a whopping $15 million to eco-minded charities on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

The handsome actor, 40, hopes that the money will further the work of conservationists and provide them with the tools needed to curb some of the world’s most serious environmental concerns. The generous donation will be shared by a handful of organizations, including Oceans 5, Save the Elephants, National Geographic: Pristine Seas and the World Wildlife Fund.

The 40-year-old said he wanted to lend a hand to conservationists who are saving our planet.

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERYThe 40-year-old established his own foundation in 2008

“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” said the star. “I am proud to support these organisations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”

Leonardo, who established his foundation in 2008, also shared an Instagram photo of himself looking out onto “our beautiful planet”.

“We have been able to support organisations that are working to solve some of today’s most pressing environmental issues,” he wrote. “Throughout today, I’ll post about a few of them and share the incredible work they do. Want to put a spotlight on our beautiful planet and the things that you do to make a difference? Use #LDFoundation and I’ll share a few of my favourites.”

The donation will be shared between World Wildlife Fund, Oceans 5 and Save the Elephants among other charities

Leonardo then posted a couple of snaps from some of the projects he has supported, including one from the Virunga National Park of a silverback gorilla. Only seven gorillas remain in the Mount Tshiaberimu region, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and are protected by courageous rangers.

A portion of the actor’s whopping donation was also given to winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest prize for grassroots environmental activists to help advance their campaigns.

Since its inception, Leonardo’s foundation has awarded more than $39million in grants and supported more than 70 projects in more than 40 countries across the globe.

“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” said the actor

This is not the first time that the Hollywood-born star has showed his charitable side. While filming Blood Diamond, Leonardo worked with 24 orphaned children from the SOS Children’s Village in Maputo, Mozambique and openly said how moved he was by the experience.

To give back to his own community in 1998, Leonardo and his mother also donated $41,000 to help build a "Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center" in the Los Angeles Public Library, the site of his childhood home.

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