Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1 million to help protect the Seychelles oceans

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Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1 million to help protect the Seychelles marine ecosystem. The actor’s foundation teamed up with The Nature Conservancy officials and donated $1 million towards funding a $22 million debt swap in the Seychelles, in exchange for the island nation creating two major marine reserves with the goal of protecting the area from illegal fishing, energy developments and climate change – and to help reverse the damage to its coral reefs.

This million dollars has allowed for the creation of two marine reserves in the Indian Ocean.

“These protections mean that all species that live in or migrate through these waters will be much better protected from overfishing, pollution and climate change,” Leonardo DiCaprio said in a statement.

This is not the first time that the actor is involved in the protection of the environment, he had promised in September that he would donate $ 20 million to various causes around the world to help to address climate change issues.

“We are proud to support the work of more than 100 organizations in the country and abroad,” he told a conference at Yale University. “Everyone we give is active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and species at risk from the effects of climate change. There are now a number of renewable energy technologies, clean transportation, sustainable agriculture, which will enable us to build a brighter future for all. ”

With the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the green actor has already donated more than 80 million dollars since 1998.  Notable donations include $3m in 2014 to stop overfishing, $3m to protect tigers in Nepal, and funding National Geographic Explorer, Enric Sala’s initiative to create 322,000 square miles (830,000 square kilometers) of marine reserve around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific.

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