September 2018 Newsletter
Climate Change
In recent years our Earth has continued to warm at an alarming pace, showing us firsthand how warming temperatures threaten our planet’s natural systems with an unprecedented string of extreme hurricanes, floods, and wildfires that cost hundreds of billions in damages.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's (LDF) Climate Change Program is built on a strategy of action that accelerates the best solutions to climate change, like the global transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.  We also prioritize the implementation of natural climate solutions that serve an important role in both climate change mitigation as well as adaptation, such as restoring mangroves. Lastly, LDF believes in supporting innovative approaches to galvanize action on climate change, including building support for a global price on carbon. 

September was an important month for climate action and a hopeful time for the future of climate solutions. It began this year with California's Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), bringing leaders together from around the world to "take ambition to the next level." California did just this, announcing a bold target to source 100% of the state's energy from clean sources by 2045. September concluded this week with the Climate Week Summit in New York City, where the world gathered to showcase results, shape policy, and discuss how we can do more to solve the climate crisis.

Climate Change Grantee Spotlight

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Carbon Tracker Report: Fossil Fuels Will Peak in the 2020s

According to a new Carbon Tracker report funded by LDF, rapid global growth of clean technologies will see fossil fuel demand peak in the 2020s, putting trillions at risk for unsavvy investors oblivious to the speed of the unfolding energy transition. Demand for coal, gas, and oil is stalling because the cost of renewables and battery storage is falling fast; emerging economies are pursuing clean energy; and governmental policy is being driven by the need to slash emissions, control climate change and reduce air pollution.  Read More >

Climate Change News
Leonardo DiCaprio, LDF board member Jane Goodall, and honoree Wayne Thiebaud. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

LDF hosts 20th Anniversary Celebration, surpasses $100 million in total grantmaking

This month, LDF hosted its 20th Anniversary Celebration, raising critical funds to support our environmental programs and grantee partners across the globe. The event, presented in partnership with Jackson Family Wines and sponsored by Bank of America and Tiffany & Co., was a sustainable event that utilized 100% clean renewable energy and locally sourced foods. With the announcement of a new $11 million in grants committed, LDF's financial impact now totals over $100 million over 20 years.   Read more >

Photo courtesy of Jackson Family Wines.

The climate solutions beneath our feet: agriculture and soil health

We now know that the soils beneath our feet could hold the potential to stem the tide of climate change. Carbon Farming seeks to build soil's natural capabilities to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide by using practices such as spreading compost, reducing tillage, and planting cover crops. LDF exclusive wine partner Jackson Family Wines is leading an innovative 5-year research project to determine whether a working vineyard can serve as an active carbon sink employing methods like Carbon Farming.  Read more >

Climate Change Program Book Recommendation

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Drawdown by Paul Hawken

Recommended by: Gregory Lopez, Program Officer, Climate Program

Climate change is real. So how do we solve it? Expand your scope of solutions beyond solar and electric vehicles by diving into Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. This book provides an introduction to a multitude of solutions that will both intrigue and inspire you, such as cows eating seaweed. Who knew? 

To see this and other environmentally themed books recommended by the LDF team, visit >

Support LDF in our mission to protect the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants by making a donation today. 

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