Leonardo Dicaprio Has Tree Species Named For Him In Thanks For Activism

Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most outspoken activists for environmental issues. During his Oscar speech, the actor said:

"Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It's the most urgent threat facing our entire species."

The Titanic star was rewarded by receiving a new tree species after him.

Leonardo Dicaprio Has Tree Species Named For Him In Thanks For Activism

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, London, stated:

"We think he was crucial in helping to stop the logging of the Ebo Forest."

The actor's The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has worked on environmental issues since 1998. During the logging of Ebo Forest, the actor urged people by saying:

"Cameroon's Ebo Forest, and all of the incredible animals that live there, are in trouble. This includes Forest Elephants, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and so many others. Let's help #SaveEboForest."

Due to his efforts, a new tree species discovered in this area has been named Uvariopsis DiCaprio.

These trees belong to the ylang-ylang family and have uniquely golden leaves. It is four meters tall and a critically endangered species.

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Even in his latest movie, Don't Look Up, where DiCaprio plays a scientist, he and the movie director Adam McKay sent a powerful message about climate change and the role that science plays in our lives.

The satirical movie reflects what happens when people go against nature while not trusting valuable sources.

The tree Uvariopsis DiCaprio is the first addition to the 2022 new species list at RBG Kew.

DiCaprio is also fighting for endangered animals, and in 2010 he gave million dollars to a Nepalese conservation project to protect the country's wild tiger population.