Leonardo DiCaprio Demands More Action on Climate Change
Leonardo DiCaprio flew by private jet to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to attack the “greed” of the energy industry, while demanding more action on climate change.
In a speech to world leaders, business chiefs, and campaigners, DiCaprio called for more action in the battle against global warming and called out the energy industry for denying the problem. Fossil fuels, he insisted, must be kept in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change. (Source: “Leonardo DiCaprio savages corporate greed of big oil: ‘Enough is enough’,” The Guardian, January 20, 2016.)
“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” DiCaprio explained. “Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered up the evidence of our changing climate… Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.”
The solution, DiCaprio believes, is to severely trim humanity’s carbon emissions. The world’s oil, gas, and coal reserves should be left in the ground: “Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance.”
DiCarprio, however, has been criticized for doing little to trim his own carbon footprint.
According to a story in Breitbart News, DiCaprio reportedly flew to the conference in Davos by private jet. (Source: “DiCaprio Flies to Exclusive Swiss Resort to Lecture Billionaires: ‘Greed is Bad’,” Breitbart News, January 20, 2016.) This comes after reports from WikiLeaks last year, where published e-mails revealed the A-list actor took six private flights between New York and Los Angeles in just six weeks back in 2014. (Source: “Leonardo DiCaprio the ‘eco warrior’ flew on a private jet from NY to LA SIX times,” The Daily Mail, April 17, 2015.)
And DiCaprio’s carbon-intensive lifestyle is hardly limited to private jets. Last year, The Daily Mail reported the actor’s personal yacht cost more than $200 million to build. Christened “The Rising Sun,” the impressive ship is the 11th largest yacht in the world, with accommodations for up to 16 guests and 45 crewmembers. (Source: “Leonardo DiCaprio cuts a lonesome figure as he mills about aboard his 450ft superyacht in Cannes,” The Daily Mail, May 21, 2015.)
DiCaprio, however, insists society must do more to fight climate change.
Last year, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, an organization founded and established by the actor, produced a series of videos to help viewers cut their carbon footprint. Everyone, the not-for-profit group asserts, must commit to using 100% renewable energy, even if these options may be more expensive to adopt. (Source: “Join the 100% renewable energy campaign,” Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, July 12, 2015.)
“Unlocking nature’s secrets will help us solve the climate crisis,” DiCaprio explains at the conclusion of the video series. “Working alongside nature will help us create a civilization that will be infinitely sustainable.” (Source: “Restoration,” Green World Rising, April 14, 2015.)