Do you remember second grade? The grade where you recently kicked the habit of feasting on your own boogers and stopped wetting yourself at recess because you’re a big boy now. Most likely you also staunchly believed that saving animals and the environment was more important than breathing? But no one would listen to your pleas to save anything because you made art out of a mixture of macaroni and Elmer’s glue that always spelled “mom.” Your list of important issues fell on deaf ears because you ranked somewhere between the elderly and prison inmates in society’s hierarchy. You can’t save any wildlife when there’s a proverb stating that you should be seen and not heard. Well it’s a good thing Leonardo DiCaprio never grew up. He’s donating $1 million to assist in protecting the marine life in East Africa.
The 43-year-old actor’s foundation donated $1 million towards funding a $22 million debt swap in the Seychelles, in exchange for the island nation creating two major marine reserves.
“These protections mean that all species living in these waters or migrating through them are now far better shielded from overfishing, pollution, and climate change,” DiCaprio said in a statement
I’m not sure exactly how efficient marine reserves are in real life but I know BBC Blue Planet’s David Attenborough wet himself from excitement after hearing the news. Or just because he’s about 110-years-old. The hardest part would probably be enforcing restrictions when it comes to illegal activities like stopping someone from eating the endangered tortoise that they weren’t supposed to. Because according to every American informercial at 4 a.m. ever in life, everyone on the continent of Africa is .65¢ a day away from starving. I don’t think anyone that’s on the brink of perishing will care if a sign says “please don’t eat the rare and pretty looking fish.”- With love, Leo.
Photo Credit: Leo DiCaprio’s Girlfriend Lorena Rae from Instagram / Pacific Coast News