Leonardo DiCaprio backs studies on Red Sea coral reefs preservation

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Feb 2023

Academy-Award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has announced his backing of scientific efforts to study the Red Sea coral reef areas to preserve its condition, amid the threat from ongoing climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio
The United Nation s Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio has a long history of climate change (File Photo: UN)


“In the Red Sea, coral reefs are still in relatively good shape compared to other reefs around the world. Scientists want to study exactly what about this area allows coral reefs to thrive and what the Red Sea can tell them about other coral reefs,” the 48-year-old environmentalist stated on Sunday in a post on his Instagram account, followed by over 56.8 million users.

“To date, ocean warming hasn't really affected the coral reefs in the Red Sea. Warmer ocean waters bleach coral reefs elsewhere, a disturbance to the symbiotic relationships of the coral reefs' microorganisms. A recent proposal calls for a new marine protected area to protect the Red Sea’s heat-tolerant reefs from other threats to ensure that scientists can continue to study them and even possibly create a nursery to restore degraded reefs elsewhere,” he explained referring to another post from the Inside Climate News NGO.

Focusing on marine life and climate change issues, the United Nation’s Messenger of Peace, DiCaprio has a long history of supporting environmental causes. In 1998, at the age of 24, he launched The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation with a mission to protect the Earth.

DiCaprio is currently celebrating the success of the new release of James Cameron's iconic film Titanic, in which he starred. The film was re-released in theatres in 3D 4K HDR and high-frame-rate technology earlier this month amid celebration of the film's 25th anniversary.

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