Leonardo DiCaprio has been named ‘Messenger of Peace’ by the United Nations, a title he will use to help raise awareness of climate change.
“Leonardo DiCaprio is not just one of the world’s leading actors,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
“He has also a long-standing commitment to environmental causes, including through his foundation.”
In 1998, the Hollywood star set up the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to help protect Earth’s last wild places as well as building a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.
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In a statement, the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ actor, said, “It’s an honor to accept the role of U.N. Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community.
“I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history — it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.”
The 39-year-old has also been asked to address a U.N. summit meeting on climate change on September 23, the day before the U.N. General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders begins.
Leo has his own environmental foundation (FameFlynet)
In order to become an United Nations Messengers of Peace or Goodwill Ambassador the website sets the criteria as “distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations.”
Leonardo now joins the ranks of fellow Hollywood stars who have been given the Messenger of Peace title, including Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron, George Clooney and Stevie Wonder.