Commend Actor for Protecting Oceans


Target: Leonardo DiCaprio

Goal: Thank actor Leonardo DiCaprio for supporting ocean conservation

Oceana, an international conservation group focused on ocean conservation, recently received a $3 million grant from actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The grant will be used to protect important ocean habitats and marine life. With our oceans facing increasing threats from global warming, pollution, and overfishing, ocean conservation efforts have become increasingly important. We should commend Mr. DiCaprio for giving so generously to this important cause.

Oceana is the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization. The group relies on targeted policy campaigns to help protect and restore oceans throughout the world. These campaigns are intended to deliver real policy changes within a time frame of five years. The group was founded in 2001 by a group of charitable trusts after it was discovered that less than one-half of one percent of all resources spent by environmental non-profit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy.

Among other things, the funds from Mr. DiCaprio will support a campaign currently being conducted by Oceana that seeks to ban drift gillnets off the coast of southern California. These nets target swordfish and thresher sharks, and often kill endangered species including whales and sea turtles.

According to Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless, Mr. DiCaprio’s generous donation will help achieve “wilder and more pristine ocean habitats and oceans that can feed over a billion people—many of them hungry—a healthy seafood meal each day.” Leonardo DiCaprio has also provided generous grants in the past to causes such as access to clean water, tiger conservation, and protecting Antarctica.

Oceana does important work in helping to encourage policies to help critically endangered ocean habitat and marine life. The $3 grant from Leonardo DiCaprio will help these efforts towards ocean conservation. Please sign this petition and thank Leonardo DiCaprio for his support of ocean conservation.


Dear Leonardo DiCaprio:

I am writing to thank you for your efforts towards ocean conservation, including the $3 million grant you recently gave to Oceana. Oceana is a great organization with an important goal, and I’m sure they will make good use of this money. I understand that, among other things, the funds you contributed will support a campaign currently being conducted to ban drift gillnets off the coast of southern California.

Given the increasing threats our planet’s ocean face, including overfishing, pollution, and global warming, organizations such as Oceana need all the help they can get. Thank you for helping to protect our oceans.


[Your Name Here]

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