Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Breitbart – UN Messenger of Peace for Climate Change Leonardo DiCaprio is finally taking his responsibility to set a personal example seriously, with news that he plans to flight share his private jet with other passionately green A-list celebrities.
What planet are you on, Leo? DiCaprio flies his LA friends 6,000 miles around the world so they can listen to his speech on GLOBAL WARMING
When Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio hosts a reception for a string of A-list stars, supermodels and wealthy philanthropists later this month, he will make an impassioned plea for more action to be taken on global warming.
But instead of holding the event in Los Angeles, where most of his guests are based, they will fly halfway around the world to the glitzy French resort of St Tropez – at enormous cost to the environment.
Last night, green campaigners were quick to criticise 41-year-old DiCaprio, who in February used his Best Actor acceptance speech at the Oscars to warn about the dangers posed by climate change.
The reception – the grand-sounding Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Annual Gala To Fund Climate and Biodiversity Projects – will be held on July 20 at the Bertaud Belieu Vineyards on the French Riviera.
Celebrities including Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Spacey are all expected to attend, along with a host of international rock and pop stars, supermodels and tycoons.
And while a table seating 12 people at the gala costs up to £125,000, the real price will be paid by the environment.
The Daily Mail claims some greens have criticised DiCaprio’s extravagant long haul global warming gala, but I think they are being unduly harsh. After all, as far as I know DiCaprio normally doesn’t share his jet with lots of other celebrities.
Imagine the carbon footprint if all those green A-listers flew their own private jets.
By flight sharing on DiCaprio’s jet, those A-listers might still be collectively clocking up the same carbon footprint as a small city, but the saving over what could have been represents a win for nature. We should all recognise and applaud the heartfelt sincerity of DiCaprio’s baby steps towards setting a green example we can all aspire to.