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Leonardo DiCaprio marches alongside indigenous leaders for climate justice

The People’s Climate March on April 29th was attended by more than 200,000 people in Washington D.C. including Leonardo DiCaprio, the foundation’s CEO Terry Tamminen and Executive Director Justin Winters.

California generates new energy record

California generated almost half of all energy from renewable resources for three hours.

Los Angeles considers bold step towards restricting oil development

Thanks to the hard work of LDF partners STAND LA and Liberty Hill Foundation, city council president Herb Wesson introduced a motion calling for a study of what it would take to shut down all oil and gas wells near homes, schools, hospitals and parks.

Britain goes coal-free in a historic first

In a historic first since 1882, Britain runs for an entire day without any coal.

United Nations takes up Rights of Nature

In recognition of Earth Day, the U.N. General Assembly met on April 21st to discuss a new, fundamental shift in law and policy to better protect Earth - “Earth Jurisprudence,” or Earth-centered governance.

Mexico must act now to save the Vaquita porpoise

Proximity to the fishing villages has diminished the vaquita population from 60 individuals two years ago to an estimated 30 individuals as of today.

Nature illuminated as never seen before

If Nature could draw its own map, what would it look like? One answer would be a map of the land area painted in 846 colors—representing a world not divided by political boundaries, but by ecoregions.

Saudi Arabia to invest $50 billion in solar and wind

Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest crude oil exporter, but they jumping into the renewable energy scene in a huge way.

Scientists fear for the Great Barrier Reef’s future after it is hit with back to back bleaching years

New scientific survey shows two-thirds of coral have died due to global warming.

Rights of Nature movement spreads as India and New Zealand give legal personhood to glaciers and rivers

New Zealand and India recognize nature as ‘legal persons’ in conservation bid, extending the Rights of Nature movement.

How snack foods are destroying the Leuser Ecosystem

How your daily snacking habit might be contributing to the destruction of one of the most vital places on earth and home to the world’s most iconic wildlife.

China creates giant panda heaven

The Chinese government just approved one of the world’s largest protected areas, creating a giant panda reserve three times as big as Yellowstone National Park, and spanning three Chinese provinces. The reserve will connect approximately 67 existing

Will Los Angeles vote to divest from DAPL?

The City of Los Angeles has a debate on its hands. And no, it’s not whether the Lakers will reach 25 wins or not. Last week, two city councilmembers introduced a motion for the city to divest from Wells Fargo due to their funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Over the

Debt-for-Nature Swap in Seychelles

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation led investments to support the Nature Conservancy in the world's first debt swap aimed at ocean conservation and climate resiliency. The deal increases protection for the Seychelles from 1% to 30%.

Saving ’30 Hills’ in Sumatra

Over the last four years, LDF has been actively working with a team of creative and strategic partners to permanently protect 30 Hills, the last and largest remaining block of lush, lowland tropical rainforest that earned Sumatra its name -- the “Emerald of the Equator.

Protecting Wild Tigers in Nepal

One of the most essential ecosystems for tigers is the Terai lowlands of Nepal. LDF has provided long-term support for World Wildlife Fund and their government and community partners in Bardia and Banke National Parks, doubling tiger populations in the past 5 years.

World’s Largest Marine Reserve

The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument will conserve in perpetuity 1.2 million square kilometers, making it the largest marine reserve in the world. The monument will protect 5,000 year-old coral forests and provide refuge for an array of endangered species.

Defending Ivindo National Park

Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we're supporting greater patrol activity and training for rangers in Gabon’s Ivindo National Park, protecting against increased threats of poaching in this strategic region for African forest elephants.

Pacific Wolf Coalition

Supporting a coalition effort of 37 organizations dedicated to protecting the wolves of the Pacific Northwest by providing them with protection across suitable habitat in Washington, Oregon, and northern California, supporting the recovery of this critical species.

Expanding the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary

Due to increased poaching in Tanzania, African Black Rhino populations have been reduced by 96% in the past 50 years, making them nearly extinct. This grant will expand one of their last refuges -- the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary -- and increase breeding efforts.

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Grantee spotlight: National Park Service

LDF has partnered with the National Park Service on their GPS collar tracking study to conserve and protect the threatened mountain lion population in the greater Los Angeles area.  

Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch, a project of Google, SkyTruth, and LDF grantee Oceana, is tapping into GPS and satellite technology to combat IUU fishing occurring throughout the world. The goal: to increase transparency and stop illegal fishing by informing governments, consumers, and businesses of harmful and dangerous industry practices.

Peru commits to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oceana applauds the efforts of Peru and Indonesia to promote fishing transparency.

Grantee spotlight: Conservation Land Trust newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter from LDF grantee the Conservation Land Trust (CLT) and learn about their bold work to rewild the Ibera wetlands in northeastern Argentina. LDF has been supporting CLT and their Ibera Rewilding Program in order to reintroduce the critically endangered jaguar as well as many other species, such as the Pampas Deer and Giant Anteater,… View Article

Leonardo DiCaprio continues efforts to protect endangered vaquita

  Mexico Commits to Protecting Critically-Endangered Marine Ecosystems Effort Supported by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Carlos Slim Foundation MEXICO CITY – JUNE 7, 2017 – Today, during a meeting between President Enrique Peña Nieto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carlos Slim, and senior government officials at the Official Residence of Los Pinos, a Memorandum of Understanding… View Article