Earlier this year, while marketing his Oscar-nominated film “The Revenant,” DiCaprio told Associated Press reporters that the global warming argument is over. “Anyone that doesn’t believe that climate change is happening doesn’t believe in science,” he said.
DiCaprio doubled down on those sentiments in Switzerland.
“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied and even covered-up the evidence of our changing climate,” the actor said.
“Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.”
The actor told the crow the only way to solve global warming is to keep fossil fuels in the ground. This echoes a comment President Barack Obama made last year when he told reporters that keeping Earth safe requires “keeping some fossil fuels in the ground.”
“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong,” DiCaprio told the audience. “Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance.”
DiCaprio boarded a private jet last year to Paris, France to discuss environmental policies with former senator and current U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the climate summit. After their confab, the two environmental activists shared a back-and-forth on Twitter, thanking each other for their hard work lessening the impact of global warming.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) December 8, 2015
The actor, who has yet to receive an Academy award despite being nominated several times, also told the audience at Tuesday’s forum that his foundation will continue to fund environmental issues in the future, including a new commitment of $15 million to environmental projects.
The charity will also include a pledge to protect 6.5 million acres of rain forest on Sumatra in Indonesia. The actor called destruction of the rain forest the result of the palm oil industry’s “invasive and destructive practices.”
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