This guy has big things going on that have nothing to do with his acting career!
Leonardo DiCaprio has joined with a New York City based developer to create an eco-conscious resort from a small island off of the coast of Belize, and it's being hailed as a groundbreaking move that will help restore the island.
The island is called Blackadore Caye and is 104 acres of unpopulated land that has gone through a lot of deterioration from an eroding coastline. So basically this project will help restore the ecosystem of the island and it sounds like Leo is super excited to get this project underway!
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Here's what he said he first felt when he saw and later bought the island almost a decade ago. He said:
"It was like heaven on earth. And almost immediately, I found this opportunity to purchase an island there…The main focus is to do something that will change the world. I couldn't have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren't for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement…As soon as I got there, I fell in love. Belize is truly unique. It has the second largest coral reef system in the world, and it has some of the most biodiverse marine life, like the manatee population and almost every species of fish you can imagine. Then there are the Mayan temples and the culture."
And as for the private resort that he's building, Leo said:
"As for Blackadore. I believe that it will be an incredible private island that will set the mark for all future island developments. My goal was always the fact that I wanted to create something not just environmental, but restorative. A showcase for what is possible…We are pushing each other the whole way to test the boundaries of what is possible. With the onset of climate change, there are huge challenges, so we want the structure to not only enhance and improve the environment, but to be a model for the future. That includes restoring the island, creating conservation areas where we can hold research conferences, and regenerating the entire ecosystem to bring it back to its original form and beyond."
Wow! Sounds pretty amazing!
"Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island" will open to visitors sometime in 2018, and will have many of the features that a lot of luxury resorts have.
But the main difference is that Leo and his partners will be helping restore the island's eco-system with replacing many of the trees that have been destroyed on the island, replacing many of the invasive species on the island, and all of this will be monitored constantly to make sure everything is going right.
Way to go, Leo on this amazing project!!!
[Image via Michael Carpenter/WENN.]
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