Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with billionaire philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create a new environmental organization that will focus on stopping biodiversity loss and climate change.
The new nonprofit is called Earth Alliance and it will “work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy, and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on Earth,” the new organization said in a statement.
Earth Alliance will give grants, provide environmental educational opportunities, and invest in campaigns and films to stop biodiversity loss and climate change. In addition, they’ll support grassroots organizations and individuals in areas that are especially impacted by these environmental crises.
DiCaprio says Earth Alliance is “a new larger, nimble platform that shares resources and expertise while identifying the best programs to drive real change around the planet.”
His existing foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, will be folded into Earth Alliance. Already, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation provides grants for a number of environmental and species protection initiatives, including protecting lions, restoring mangroves, defending the rights of indigenous people, and providing better access to affordable solar energy.
Teaming up with DiCaprio, Brian Sheth is the co-founder and president of the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. He’s also the board chair of Global Wildlife Conservation, a nonprofit that focuses on biodiversity and wildlife protection. In addition, Sheth founded The Sheth Sangreal Foundation with his wife, Adria Sheth, an organization that supports environmental and educational initiatives. The Sheth Sangreal Foundation will fund the operational and administrative costs of Earth Alliance.
Laurene Powell Jobs is the president and founder of the Emerson Collective, a social impact organization that advocates for social justice, education and immigration reform, and environmental conservation. Laurene is also the widow of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple.
“I am proud to join with Leo and Brian to make a habitable Earth possible for future generations,” said Powell Jobs in a statement. “Leo is one of the most uniquely gifted communicators of our time, and with Earth Alliance, we will harness those gifts to inspire people, regardless of age, race, or geography, to stand up as leaders for our natural world and safeguard our imperiled planet.”