Leo DiCaprio gives Seychelles $1M to start largest marine sanctuary

Winning an Oscar was a nice achievement for Leo, but his biggest long-term goal (I think) has been to help humanity avoid climate change.

He’s become one of the most visible global advocates for environmental sustainability and conservation and his efforts have only increased over the years.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gave a $1 million grant to the archipelago nation Seychelles for marine conservation.

Just since 2010, his foundation has distributed more than $30 million USD in grants to more than 65 organizations in more than 40 countries.

This latest grant is part of an innovative debt focused scheme involving numerous parties. If effective, it could be a blueprint for how to address environmental problems in the future.

Seychelles’ territory is 99% ocean. If that sounds weird, that’s because it’s unusual but technically legitimate. A country’s nautical rights extend 200 miles from its coastlines and a scattered archipelago like Seychelles has a lot of coastlines and not much land–hence the huge imbalance.

-More at GlobalCitizen

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