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This week, Leonardo DiCaprio is flexing his voice on climate change. He took a break from the mean streets of New York City to stop by the Yale Climate Conference at the Ivy League university’s New Haven campus, appearing onstage on Tuesday for a discussion with former Secretary of State and event host John Kerry.
The Revenant actor and Before the Flood producer drew a substantial crowd of 2,500. He made pointed statements about the current administration’s stance on climate change, and recalled his attempt to sway Donald Trump when he visited Trump, who was then president-elect, at Trump Tower back in December.
“We presented him with a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change, while also simultaneously harnessing the economic potential of green jobs,” DiCaprio recalled, in remarks reported by the Hartford Courant. “We talked about how the United States has the potential to lead the world in clean-energy manufacturing and research and development.”
But DiCaprio’s efforts proved in vain: Trump subsequently said the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Agreement and appointed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
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The Revenant star announced his foundation will be donating a $20 million grant to help combat climate change Tuesday evening during a speech at Yale University. He also reserved some harsh words for President Donald Trump and his administration’s position on climate change.
“We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad,” the actor said. “These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations – and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change.”
“There exist today many proven technologies in renewable energy, clean transportation, and sustainable agriculture, that we can begin to build a brighter future for all of us,” DiCaprio added. “Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water. We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late.”
Oscar award winner Leonardo DiCaprio said Tuesday that the recent spate of hurricanes is proof that the U.S. is harming itself by not taking climate change seriously.
The facts have been presented “time and time again, year after year, for decades” and “quite simply, we are knowingly doing this to ourselves, to our entire planet, and we’re risking our very future,” DiCaprio said in giving the closing address at the Yale Climate Conference hosted by former Secretary of State John Kerry.
He said Florida Gov. Rick Scott banned the use of the words “climate change” from state documents, but “unfortunately no governor is powerful enough to ban climate change, and today residents of his state are rebuilding from devastation that could’ve been significantly less if the state government was busy working for solutions rather than banning words.” He said the same is true for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump’s energy secretary, who ignored climate change to see his state suffer from intense flooding.
They were spotted holding hands as they left a New York nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning. And Leonardo DiCaprio and former flame Toni Garrn set tongues wagging once again when were seen at the same bash on Tuesday night.
The actor, 42, and the model, 25, both turned out for the Unitas Gala Against Human Trafficking at Capitale in Lower Manhattan’s Bowery District in New York.
Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest celebrity to pledge monetary assistance to the Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has pledged $1 million as the inaugural donation to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded non-profit, said Wednesday that all proceeds of the Harvey Recovery Fund would go directly to recovery efforts. The organization said it expects this work to continue for years.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” said United Way Worldwide president and CEO Brian Gallagher. “Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us — and that’s what this gift represents.”