Leonardo Dicaprio at ocean conference: ‘I’ve seen devastation’


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio at the State Department’s ‘Our Ocean’ conference. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Now that’s the way to do reconnaissance.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, speaking Tuesday at a State Department conference on the world’s oceans, said he’s “witnessed environmental devastation firsthand.”  Now, how might have he have gotten this up-close look?

Why, on diving trips to exotic corners of the globe, of course!  At least that’s the way he explained it at the confab held for global leaders and experts.

But it’s clear that the actor took more away from the excursions than just some amazing underwater photos. “This isn’t simply an exercise in wildlife conservation,” DiCaprio said of his interest in marine health, as our colleague Juliet Eilperin reports. “If we don’t do something to save the ocean now, it won’t be just the sharks and the dolphins that suffer. It will be our children and our grandchildren.”

He vowed that his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation would spend $7 million over the next two years on marine conservation.

 

DiCaprio’ recently had a chance to observe the seas up close: He reportedly rented an ultra-luxe yacht owned by a sheikh to host his friends during the World Cup games in Brazil.

Just another research trip, perhaps?

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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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