Scientists have named a species of tree after Leonardo DiCaprio so it’s safe to say 2022 is shaping up to be as random as 2021.
Fresh off of the actor leaving us generally quite horrified about the state of the world after his film Don’t Look Up, he’s been immortalised in nature in a very unique way.
Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have named a tree that grows in the Ebo Forest in Cameroon after him – the Uvariopsis dicaprio.
The scientists said they wanted to use the gesture to thank Leo for his efforts to stop the rainforest from logging.
Plans were made for the rainforest to be opened up for logging, which experts say would have put many species of animal and plant at risk of extinction.
Their campaign was noticed by Leo, who posted about it on social media and added momentum to it.
The government later revoked its plans to open up the rainforest for logging.
The dicaprio tree – or the Leonardo Tree-Caprio (Tree-onardo DiCaprio? We’re still workshopping) – has glossy yellow flowers and is critically endangered.
Leonardo, 47, has been passionate in the fight against climate change, previously raising $100million (£73million) through his foundation for environmental projects.
Last year, he also rocked up to Cop26 in Glasgow, urging leaders to take ‘crucial climate action’.
It’s thought that he flew in on a commercial airline after some attendees were criticised for using private jets to get to the event.
While he didn’t announce that he would be attending last year’s event, he’d been keeping a close eye on it, tweeting: ‘I join @antonioguterres in urging leaders at #COP26 to take crucial #ClimateAction, safeguard our future, and save humanity. Now is the time for ambition, solidarity, and action. @UN.’
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