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On 16th September, I will be taking part in the 2018 Berlin Marathon, my first.
To help drag myself around the course, I will be raising money for charity. The charity I have chosen is the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF).
As some of you will know, as I’ve grown older I’ve become pretty obsessed with animals and use most of my vacations to travel around the world looking for them. As a result of these experiences, I feel particularly strongly about protecting them, especially those which are endangered (often at the hands of human behaviour and intervention).
If you wish to make a donation, please click on the link to the right. Note the LDF is a US based charity and so donations and projects are funded in dollars.
Thank you for your support, its greatly appreciated. Most importantly it will help endagered species around the globe and secondly it will help me get through the last few miles.
For those interested, more information can be found below on the foundation and also on endagered species.
The term endangered species is defined as “a species which has been categorized as very likely to become extinct”. These species can be found on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Critically endangered is in fact the highest level and alters the definition from very likely to extremely likely.
To illustrate our current direction of travel, in 1998 there were 854 animal species listed as critically endangered and 1,102 as endangered. Fast forward just 20 years and that list has grown to 5,483 critical and 8,278 endangered. That’s close to 14,000 animal species (if not more) that may become extinct from the wild if we continue along at our current trajectory.
Today’s list unfortunately includes some very big names from the animal kingdom. Present are a number of species from the Tiger, Rhino, Orangutan, Leopard, Gorilla, and Chimpanzee families. From the world’s oceans, species include the Blue whale, whale shark and also a number of species of dolphin, turtles and sea lions.
I personally cannot imagine living in a world where many of our favourite animals will only exist in TV animation and books (think the Lion King or Jungle Book) or the world’s largest animal is no longer the blue whale.
No matter how large or small, all donations are greatly appreciated and help. Your donations will go towards funding projects specifically targeted at protecting endangered species across the globe.
Examples of existing projects the fund is working on can be found here
These projects include work to protect Black Rhinos, elephants and gorillas from Africa, Orangutans from Indonesia, Snow Leopards and Tigers from central Asia and Jaguars from South America.
More information about the fund can be found here
Alternatively, you can simply follow Leo alongside ~50m others on social media and you will see the work he and the foundation is doing.
Finally I would also recommend you to watch the feature documentary “before the flood” which Leo produced alongside national Geographic and others which touches across many of the themes above.
Here is some information provided by the fund itself.
LDF is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. We support projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
Since 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has been on a mission to protect the Earth’s last wild places, implementing solutions that restore balance to threatened ecosystems, and ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants.
Through grantmaking, public campaigns and media initiatives, LDF brings attention and needed funding to three areas – endangered species, climate change, and ocean and land conservation. The Foundation works in close collaboration with a broad network of environmental leaders and experts, effective nonprofit organizations, and committed philanthropists to identify and support innovative, results-driven projects in the world’s most wild and threatened ecosystems. To date, LDF has supported more than 200 high-impact projects in 50 countries around the world.
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