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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $15.6 Million in Largest-Ever Round of Environmental Grants
By EcoWatch

I am not one to be star struck, but Leonardo DiCaprio is doing stuff that is totally impressive. He not only financially supports great causes and good organizations, but he also puts his boots on the ground and gets involved.


The foundation awarded a total of $15.6 million in grants, including $7,631,508 for wildlife and habitat conservation; $2,525,000 for ocean conservation; $2,100,000 to protect indigenous rights; $2,085,000 to support innovative solutions to the world’s problems; and $1,300,000 to combat climate change. With these grants, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has provided more than $59 million in support of many projects since 1998.

Grantees include:

  • Elephant Crisis Fund
  • Lion Recovery Fund
  • Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary
  • Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund
  • Turtle Conservancy
  • Naturalia
  • California Mountain Lion Conservation
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Pacific Wolf Coalition
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
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Tell the Fish & Wildlife Service to get its shit together & protect the only 50 remaining endangered red wolves (all in NE NC).

“The world we are told, was made especially for man - a presumption not supported by all facts.”

“Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?…The universe would be incomplete without man; but it would also be incomplete without the smallest transmicroscopic creatures that dwells beyond our conceitful eyes and knowledge.”

- John Muir, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

“Nature is the part of the world that man did not make.”

“We still have not become mature enough to see ourselves as a very tiny part of a vast and incredible universe, a universe that is distinguished above all else by a mysterious and wonderful unit that we flout at our peril.”

- Rachel Carson, Of Man and the Stream of Time

“His relationship to the land has not yet become a moral equation. But in time he will come to understand that there is an intimate, vital link between the earth and himself, A link that implies an intricate network of rights and responsibilities. In some unimagined future he will understand that he has the ability to devastate and perhaps destroy his environment. That moment will be one of extreme crisis in his evolution.”

“He lives on the land; but he does not destroy it.”

“In our society as a whole we conceive of the land in terms of ownership and use. It is a lifeless medium of exchange; it has for most of us, I suspect, no more spirituality than has an automobile, say, or a refrigerator. And our laws confirm us in this view, for we can buy and sell the land, we can exclude each other from it, and in the context of ownership we can use it as we will. Ownership implies use, and use implies consumption.”

- N. Scott Momaday, A First American Views His Land


This top photo is the winner in the Defenders of Wildlife photo contest. The photographer is Judge Chuck Edelstein, who named the photo, “Wolves of Denali.”

I voted for the second one. Its photographer is Paul Shea, and he named the photo “The Bison Highway.” 

I need help. Or more so, I need an animator.

I am part of a songwriting for social change class at Berklee College of Music and I am in desperate need of an animator to help me create a music video to expose the horrid wolf killings in Idaho and the Midwest. This is something I’ve felt passionately about for years, and I just need someone to help me create a short video to go along with the song I have written. If anyone knows of an animator that would be willing to help out, please message me! Thank you!

~Dylan Rosser


Hey check out this thing I made.

Information found in the Narwhal section of the World Wildlife website, the National Geographic website, and the Defenders of Wildlife website.  All pictures taken from Google. 

I feel like I should mention I am in no way an expert on narwhals this is all information I found using the internet and the internet had a lot of conflicting information. My deepest apologies if any of the information is wrong.

BLM Cancels Wolf Hunting Derby on Federal Lands in Idaho

Great, terrific, outstanding, happy, wonderful, rib-tickling news! BLM revoked the permit it issued to the private wolf club and wolf haters in Idaho!

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

In response to a lawsuit from conservation groups, the Bureau of Land Management has decided to cancel a permit allowing an anti-wolf organization to conduct a “predator derby” on more than 3 million acres of public lands near Salmon, Idaho.

As lawyers for the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, Project Coyote and Defenders of Wildlife were preparing to file a request to stop this year’s derby on BLM lands, the agency decided to withdraw its decision to allow “Idaho for Wildlife” to conduct a contest to kill the most wolves, coyotes, and other species over three days every year for five years, beginning Jan. 2, 2015.

And this snippet from the Defenders of Wildlife:

This is an important victory for wolves and other predators – and it’s one you helped achieve. The reversal came after Defenders went to court and tens of thousands of you expressed outrage over the decision to let the predator killfest go forward on BLM lands. Fortunately, senior officials at the Department of the Interior heard your voice and directed that the commercial derby permit be withdrawn.
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