Why did Leonardo DiCaprio donate millions for a legal battle?

About two months ago, the DiCaprio Foundation publicly announced that it would donate $20 million in grants for climate purposes. According to the announcement he issued, it reads: “The purpose of the donation is to support precedent-setting legal actions to hold large corporations in the fossil fuel industry accountable.”

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These grants are active on the ground, protecting the oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations – and tackling the urgent and existential challenges of climate change,” DiCaprio said at the time. In addition to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Emmet Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the JPB have contributed to the Collective Action Fund since 2017.

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In total, the RLF donated more than $5.2 million to Secretary Edling between 2017 and 2020, according to the group’s tax filings at the time. The organization does not disclose its donors and refused to confirm from whom it has received money in the past to finance Sher Edling’s lawsuit.

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