What Leo DiCaprio Just Did In The Name of Being Green Is Going To Make People Mad
Leonardo DiCaprio took a private jet from the Cannes Film Festival to New York and back to collect an award for his environmental efforts. (RELATED: Leonardo DiCaprio Pauses Private Jets, Yachting With Oil-Rich Sheikhs To Join People’s Climate March)
The actor was honored by the clean-water advocacy group in New York City, but in order to pick up the award he “expanded his carbon footprint” by 8,000 miles, according to a Page Six report.
DiCaprio was spotted at the festivities in Cannes on Monday night. Then Wednesday, he appeared in New York City to receive the honor and less than 24 hours later he was spotted back at the festival in France for the Aids Gala and charity event.
But the actors hypocrisy hasn’t escape some environmentalists. Environmental analyst Robert Rapier told Page Six, “[He] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow.”
“It’s because everyone loves the combination of cost and convenience they offer,” he added. “Alternatives usually require sacrifice of one form or another. Everybody says, ‘I’ve got a good reason for consuming what I consume’ . . . It’s the exact same rationalization for billions of people.”
A source close to the actor, however, claims that he did not charter two separate flights, only “hitched a ride with someone already flying back [and] to Cannes. Hitching a ride was the only way he could make it in time for both events.”
During the actor’s acceptance speech at the Academy awards, he took time to lecture the viewers at home about the dangers of climate change. “Climate change is real,” he said. “It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”