Green cred: About eight years ago, DiCaprio became interested in environmental issues but wasn’t exactly sure what element he wanted to take on. After a White House meeting with Al Gore, he chose to focus on global warming. Since then, he’s become a board member at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. He’s creating a green-themed reality show for ABC, and he’s also made two short films (“Global Warming” and “Water Planet”) that are viewable on his environmental Web site (LeonardoDiCaprio.org). He actively supports political candidates with strong environmental agendas.
Focus: Global warming.
Latest battle: “I’m working on a documentary called ’11th Hour,’ ” DiCaprio says, “which will be out in the spring of 2007. It’s a review of the state of our planet and the inextricable ties we have to its life support systems. It will go beyond ecosystems to include a discussion on the economy, politics and energy, and will explore how we can change course in the short time we have.”
Eco mantra: DiCaprio, who says he doesn’t like to preach, quotes Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda on his Web site: “A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation, and further, can even enable a change in the destiny of all humankind.”