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Leonardo DiCaprio picks up award for environmental work

Leonardo DiCaprio has been awarded a prestigious Clinton Global Citizen Award for his environmental work.

Receiving the honour at a ceremony in New York on Sunday night (21Sept14), The Wolf of Wall Street star said it was "ridiculous" that less than three per cent of the world's philanthropic efforts goes on preserving the environment.

The actor, who had attended the People's Climate Change March earlier in the day, urged world leaders in attendance to address the "real and terrifying crisis" facing the planet.

He said, "The world is now at a turning point and climate change is the defining issue of our time...The task before us to protect this planet will require the largest movement in human history. It will have to cross all cultural, religious and political boundaries. But the good news is the solutions are ready and with leaders like the ones in this room who do not shrink in the face of crisis. They can rise, they can inspire and they can contribute. And that truly is the best hope of planet earth."

The star was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change last week (end21Sept14) and is due to speak at the UN's Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday (23Sep14).

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