The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

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Clean air, water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics, it is a question of our own survival.” ~ Leonardo DiCaprio, U.N. Messenger of Peace for the Climate, United Nations, 2014

Mission

sign-circleThe Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF’s grantmaking program encompasses six focus areas:

  1. leonardo-dicaprio-smilieWILDLAND CONSERVATION
  2. CLIMATE CHANGE
  3. INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
  4. MARINE CONSERVATION
  5. INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
  6. PUBLIC ADVOCACY

LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

The LDF Climate Action Plan is a set of climate change solutions and targets that we believe can frame a universal strategy to combat climate change. We believe this plan can support visionary leaders in every nation who are attempting to find the appropriate combination of responses through policy, technology, and finance.

We present 8 sets of goals and implementation strategies in order of their ability to slow the pace of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, that will provide the permanent solutions of a sustainable environment and a robust economy for generations to come. Click the link following each category for a detailed list of recommended strategies.

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Before The Flood, The Film

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a aboutjourney as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-smiley20deliverywinning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.

world-smilie“We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”

Before the Flood premieres in theaters on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages, you can now also catch the English version below.

The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax. Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going to CarboTax.org.

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You can also learn more or take action at beforetheflood.com


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The Obama Foundation

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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. —PRESIDENT OBAMA

ABOUT US

Raised on the South Side

Mrs. Obama, then Michelle Robinson, grew up in a two-story house on Euclid Avenue in Chicago’s South Shore community, and attended elementary school down the street. Her father, Fraser, was a city pump operator and a Democratic precinct captain. Her mother, pat_smileyMarian, was a secretary at the Spiegel catalog, who later stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother, Craig.

As the executive director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP) in the Roseland neighborhood, Obama helped set up a job training program, a college-prep tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in the Altgeld Gardens housing projects.

Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States.

He was born on August 4th, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a mother from Kansas, Stanley Ann Dunham, and a father from Kenya, Barack Obama Sr. He was also raised by his obamagrandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become vice president at a local bank.

He worked his way through school—Occidental College in Los Angeles, Columbia University in New York, and later, Harvard Law School—with the help of scholarship money and student loans.

In 1985, Barack Obama moved to Chicago, where he got his start in community organizing on the city’s South Side, working to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.

The President called that time in his life “the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School.” He has credited that experience as crucial to finding his identity—something that shaped his path to the White House.

Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. During his time in Springfield, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded americahealth care for children and their parents. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he reached across the aisle to pass the farthest-reaching lobbying reform in a generation, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by tracking federal spending online.

Barack Obama was sworn in as president on January 20th, 2009, in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, at a time when our economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month. He acted immediately to get our economy back on track. Since then, the private sector has added back more than 10 million jobs during the longest, uninterrupted period of job growth in our nation’s history.

In his first term, the President cut taxes for every American worker—putting $3,600 back in the pockets of the typical family. He passed historic Wall Street reform to make sure taxpayers never again have to bail out big banks. He passed the landmark Affordable Care Act, helping to put quality and affordable health care within reach for millions of Americans. He ended the war in Iraq and is working to responsibly end the war in Afghanistan.

He was the first sitting president  to stand up for marriage equalityfight for equal pay and a woman’s right to make her own health decisions.  He made a college education more affordable for millions  of students and their families. And he believes it’s time for a comprehensive solution to fix our broken immigration system.

 Learn more about the Obama foundation 

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‘This Changes Everything’ film screenings

this-changes-everythingTwenty-six Council of Canadians chapters are hosting community screenings of the Avi Lewis film This Changes Everything.

thisOn October 5, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow introduced Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa for the first non-film festival screening of the film.

CBC reported at that time, “The documentary, based on Klein’s book This Changes Everything, follows the stories of communities around the world responding to the impact of climate change and capitalism through activism. Lewis says the film is meant to have a hopeful message about what people can do​ about climate change.”

As noted on the film’s website, “The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.”

 

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Golden – November 29
Powell River – November 29
Regina – November 29
Hinton – November 30
Picton – December 5
London – December 7
Peterborough – January 29-31 (Not Available)

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Saskatoon – October 10
Montreal – October 5 (where more than 700 people came out to see the film)
Cowichan Valley – November 8

Charlottetown – November 18
Chilliwack – November 19
Prince Albert – November 19
Yellowknife – November 19
Ladner – November 21
Inverness – November 22
Windsor – November 23
Courtenay – November 24
Saint John – November 26
St. John’s – November 26
Sudbury – November 27

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In just a couple of days close to 50,000 people will gather in Paris, France for COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change.

The event will bring together government representatives, UN agencies and civil society organizations. Expectations are high for countries to reach an agreement that will limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow will be in Paris, along with Trade Campaigner Sujata Dey, to talk about the links between climate change, the growing water crisis and the threat trade deals can pose to any climate deal that’s struck.

Here in Canada, on November 29, Council of Canadians supporters and chapter activists will be taking action in their communities to show that the transition to a 100% clean energy economy by 2050 is not only necessary to solve the climate crisis, it’s 100% possible. Consensus is growing for a healthy, diverse economy with low-carbon jobs that would respect Indigenous rights, stop the expansion of the tar sands and halt new pipelines.

To raise awareness about the urgent need for a new way forward, Council chapters have been hosting film screenings across the country of the new documentary This Changes Everything, based on Naomi Klein’s new book by the same name.

We must all work together for a safer, sustainable and just future for everyone.

Read more and find an event near you.

For more about the film, check it out on the web, Facebook and Twitter.


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