Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has recently become known for his passion for saving the environment, speaking as a ‘concerned citizen’ at the United Nations Messenger of Peace about the issue, mentioning it in his Oscar speech and hisfoundation also pledged $15 million at the World Economic Forum to help environmental causes.
His work has even been recognised for an award at the green awards ceremony in New York. With one problem, though; he flew the 8,000 miles from Cannes, France to New York and back in a private jet. Fans in particular aren’t happy about this, with some going as far as to say that ‘it’s one rule for them and another for us’.
He posted a picture receiving the award onto Instagram, which saw many fans calling him out on his hypocrisy:
It was an honor to join Ralph Lauren, Robert De Niro, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & more to support @Riverkeepers critical work to create and protect a healthier future for millions of people. Click the link in the bio to learn more.
A photo posted by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on May 20, 2016 at 4:40pm PDT
However, not everyone feels similarly towards Dicaprio’s recent actions. Many of his fans argue that all of the work he has done to raise the profile of climate change as an issue more than outweighs this one last minute round trip on a private jet.
A round trip he did to show his celebrity face at an event about environmental issues and draw more attention to it.
And this is a valid point, does one possibly not-very-well-thought-out plane jourrney really demolish the years of work he has done when it comes to furthering the environmental sector?
DiCapriodesignated as the United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate Change and received the 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award. In addition to founding his own foundation in 2001, healso serves on the board of several environmental organizations, including: World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographics Pristine Seas, the funders collaborative Oceans 5, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
His foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation has given away over $30 Million in grants to high-impact environmental projects in more than 44 countries since 2010, including $3m in 2014 to stop overfishing and$3m to protect tigers in Nepal, and he has pitched in to help out with countless other projects.
He told Rolling Stone in 2015 when talking about climate change:
I am consumed by this.There isnt a couple of hours a day where Im not thinking about it. Its this slow burn. Its not aliens invading our planet next week and we have to get up and fight to defend our country, but its this inevitable thing, and its so terrifying.
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