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VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $7 Million To Ocean Conservation Efforts

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By Daniel Gates

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Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $7 million from his foundation to marine conservation efforts over the next two years, he announced at the State Department “Our Ocean” conference on Tuesday.

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The actor was introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry at the event, following a video message from President Obama.

Obama told the conference he would use his executive authority to “protect some of our nation’s most precious marine landscapes” and warned that the United States could not afford to let pollution and overfishing destroy the ocean’s ecosystem.

During his remarks, DiCaprio said his foundation would support countries that are expanding marine reserves, as well as other initiatives.

“Before I wanted to become an actor, I dreamt of becoming a marine biologist,” said the star, who talked about witnessing ocean devastation “firsthand” during his travels around the globe.

DiCaprio told attendees, “What we need is sustained activism and courageous political leadership. We cannot afford to be bystanders in this pre-apocalyptic scenario.”

He declared, “This isn’t simply an exercise in wildlife conservation. 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.”

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