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By Damilola Faustino

Oscar-winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio has announced that his foundation will dole out $20 million to 100 organisations to combat the effects of climate change.

This will be the largest amount ever donated by DiCaprio’s foundation, which has given out around £60m since it was set up in 1998.

DiCaprio made this commitment before attending a climate change conference at Yale University in a statement.

He said: “We are proud to support the work of over 100 organisations at home and abroad.

“These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations – and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change.

“Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water,

“We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late.”

The areas targeted by the grants include Somalia, Kenya, the Amazon and the United States and will cover six areas: climate change, wildlife and landscape conservation, marine life and ocean conservation, innovative solutions, indigenous rights and the California climate change program.

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