We’ll never see an Oscar winner as lovable as a tree, but this one is close.
Back in 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home the title of Best Actor at the Oscars for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant”. But for a prominent environmental activist like DiCaprio, who declared, in his Oscar acceptance speech, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most pressing threat our entire species faces” – a recent honor that could be even sweeter.
Based on BBC.com, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, recently honored the “Titanic” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star for his work in trying to save the rainforests. from the danger of logging by naming a tree after him.
Dr Martin Cheek told the BBC: “We think he played an important role in helping to stop logging in the Ebo Forest.
As Ebo Forest in Cameroon is threatened with exploitation in 2020, DiCaprio shared the problem with his millions of social media followers, writing, “Cameroon’s Ebo Forest, and all the incredible animals that live there, are struggling. This includes Forest Elephants, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and many more. Please help #SaveEboForest. “His post has been added set the stage for a campaign to save the relatively unspoiled rainforests of Central Africa. The plan to allow logging in the forest was later abandoned by the government.
Now, DiCaprio is the name given to a recently discovered species of tree that is thought to only grow in the Ebo Forest. Officially named “Uvariopsis dicaprio”, the tree is on the “critically endangered” list. Part of the ylang ylang family, a tropical evergreen tree with shiny golden leaves.
In addition to his environmental activism, DiCaprio also stars in the Netflix series “Don’t Look Up” in late 2021 as an astronomer, alongside a colleague played by Jennifer Lawrence, Try to convince the world to act quickly before a meteor destroys the planet. Adam McKay’s film proved to be divisive with critics and audiences alike, but DiCaprio received many powerful announcements for his atypical turn, including a lengthy speech, like the incident speech that he rewrite 15 times, according to writer-director Adam McKay. His pleas for the environment have not been as successful in life-spinning as they seem to be in real life so far.
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