Ooops. Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role

A rainforest charity calls on the star to either denounce his connection to individuals involved in a Malaysian corruption scandal and return laundered money he allegedly received or give up his role.

In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to give up his title as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

At a press conference in London, the Bruno Manser Funds offered DiCaprio an ultimatum: either he renounce his connections to the “politically exposed persons” at the center of the multi-billion dollar 1MDB Malaysian corruption scandal now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and return corrupt money he allegedly received or resign from the position he was given by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in 2014.

“If DiCaprio is unwilling to come clean, we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role,” said Lukas Straumann, director of the Switzerland-based charity, which has a particular focus on deforestation in Malaysia.

Full story here: (h/t to Joe D’Aleo)

Maybe somebody could also get him to stop lecturing us about the evils of CO2 production while flying private jets all over the world.

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October 14, 2016 12:33 pm

…Ooh ! That is going to leave a mark !!

Bryan A
Reply to  Marcus
October 14, 2016 2:13 pm

Poor Lucas better not enter the Debate Arena though
He would always put up a Strau-mann arguement

October 14, 2016 12:36 pm

If every Green “messenger” were forced to “come clean” or resign, we would not have any green messengers.

Reply to  philjourdan
October 14, 2016 1:15 pm

Exactly!! But only “Green Creds” are qualified to make the call.

george e. smith
Reply to  philjourdan
October 14, 2016 4:53 pm

So just what were Lenny’s credentials that got him United Nighted ??
I saw his movie; was it “the aviator” or something like that ??
Supposed to be about Howard Hughes who was his own kind of nut job, but then somebody who actually did do something. Or was it his dad who invented the Hughes oil drilling drill.
Or did Lenny make another movie I never saw. I’m not much into movies; particularly ones with movie stars in them.
He wasn’t in “Anna Karenina” as far as I can remember. Maybe it was “And Quiet Flows the Don.” unless they haven’t made that yet, in which case he wouldn’t have been in it anyway.

Reply to  george e. smith
October 14, 2016 8:06 pm

What kind if qualifications does one need to be a “UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.”
What a BS title !
How many other Messengers of Peace does the UN have?
This amounts to an official position based on the baseless idea that “global warming causes wars”.
Well at least that explains the UN’s total failure at resolving any conflicts : Palestine, Iraq invasion, Aleppo ; the track record is not good.
Now we know why they have been such a failure: we are still burning too much coal !!
Maybe they need to send DiCaprio to Aleppo to explain the importance of “carbon” in bringing peace.

Reply to  philjourdan
October 14, 2016 5:55 pm

That would be a very sad day!

Reply to  philjourdan
October 14, 2016 11:36 pm


October 14, 2016 12:36 pm


Caligula Jones
October 14, 2016 12:39 pm

But…but…but…he looks so HANDSOME, and that beard makes him look so SMART and he truly, truly CARES.
/sarc off
Seriously, I wish I could allay my environmental guilt (if I ever actually have any) by canoodling with a super model on a yacht owned by an oil billionaire while moving millions of other people’s millions around.

Joe Public
October 14, 2016 12:40 pm

He’s due to attend the London Film Festival tomorrow.
No doubt to add to his collection of AirMiles.

John MacDonald
Reply to  Joe Public
October 14, 2016 1:27 pm

If you own your own jet, can you give yourself air miles? Can you trade them in for carbon credits?

Reply to  John MacDonald
October 14, 2016 1:55 pm

Why not? Didn’t Al Gore buy Carbon Credits from himself?

Reply to  John MacDonald
October 14, 2016 3:05 pm

Don, John,
I’ve just sold 17 trillion indulgences – to me [not I].
I think I can now have a Barbecue.
Not in South London, in mid-October, obviously, but wherever and whenever I choose.
Can I be a UN Panjandrum, please?
[And, if so, can I avoid ever meeting any Candidate for POTUS?? Please?]
Pretty Please??
Wanna sell me an indulgence?
Cheep . . . .?

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  John MacDonald
October 14, 2016 4:59 pm

He gets an expense account from the UN to use to pay for his attendance at official climate-related propaganda gatherings. It reimburses private jet travel and provides a per diem (5 star hotel and restaurant meals) worthy of an elitist spokesperson. No shit. Not kidding.

John in LdB
Reply to  John MacDonald
October 14, 2016 7:06 pm

Yeah. Refuel at the AeroShell Fixed Base Operation.

October 14, 2016 12:41 pm

An ultimatum implies there is a threat if there is no compliance with the request. No threat no ultimatum. It is a petition.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Javier
October 14, 2016 1:54 pm

Not true.
These rainforest guys will stop their little feet until they hurt. So there.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Javert Chip
October 14, 2016 1:55 pm

stop = stomp

george e. smith
Reply to  Javert Chip
October 14, 2016 5:09 pm

I saw a Nat Geo Wild piece in which these three Africans (real ones) ran around barefoot in a desert, with all sorts of prickly plants, and stones on the ground, carrying their bows and arrows, and chasing a solo Gemsbock or some such big antelope with really big long horns that would do a nice Vlad the Impaler job on any one of those three chaps.
They literally ran for hours in the hot sun chasing this antelope to exhaustion, with the cameraman keeping up with them, or maybe a hell of a long focal length video lens, until after hours and sipping a few drops of water from some plant they finally got to where the antelope stopped and stared them down, as if it was about to make like brother Vlad.
So one of them was now close enough (the next victim I guess) to finally shoot the antelope with their poison tipped arrow which they poisoned with a home made confection. No they don’t have colorful poisonous tree frogs in Africa I think: try South America or central.
So now the antelope takes off; (wouldn’t you) and it now takes a bunch more hours to finally die from the poison, so they can cut out the place where the arrow entered, and eat the rest.
I do hope the cameraman’s vehicle gave them a ride with their bock back to camp.
So that’s what real caring people do; these fellows stomped all over the barren rocks etc chasing a hoofed animal eminently suited to living on such plush terrain.
Lenny would probably ride with the camera backup truck.

Jane Davies
October 14, 2016 12:41 pm

Don’t you just love it when a hypocrite is unmasked. I have been banging on about this second rate actor and his best bud Al Gore for ages, as my old Mum used to say you can ‘be sure your sins will find you out’.

John F
Reply to  Jane Davies
October 14, 2016 1:04 pm

Well said Jane

Rob Morrow
October 14, 2016 12:44 pm

he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role,

These people are truly beyond parody.

Reply to  Rob Morrow
October 14, 2016 1:09 pm

Oh contraire, I believe he has the exact amount of credibility commensurate with such an august title……none.

Reply to  rocketscientist
October 14, 2016 1:16 pm

Yes. Sad. He would of blended seamlessly with the climate alphabets.

Bryan A
Reply to  rocketscientist
October 14, 2016 2:16 pm

So what will his October Title be?

Monna Manhas
Reply to  rocketscientist
October 14, 2016 2:50 pm

You mean “au contraire”. 🙂

Reply to  rocketscientist
October 14, 2016 3:08 pm

au concrete?
Boot . . . .
Surely his watermelon buddies won’t do that?
?? Ever??!
Auto, appreciating the actor to the max.
Mods – no sarc. Obviously. Sarc.

October 14, 2016 12:57 pm

Anthony, the extreme environmental community has started to eat their own. I suspect that you have read a recent piece in The Guardian, where Josh Fox called President Obama essentially a denier.
Michael Mann, Bill McKibben and Josh Fox should carve the world into three and each tell a third of us sub-huma, how humans are to live properly.
Keep up the great work you do, Anthony. Many of us rely on your larger world reporting.

October 14, 2016 1:02 pm

I guess he’s only allowed to be part of ONE corrupt group at a time?

Curious George
Reply to  ClimateOtter
October 14, 2016 1:19 pm

Of course not. I give you an F in Business Administration.

October 14, 2016 1:07 pm

Not to mention his eco resort development for the uber wealthy which will cover over a large part of a previously undeveloped tropical island with energy intensive , capital intensive condos for the .1% , while denying access to the local subsistence fisherman who have traditionally had access . This could never be built as planned in any country with even modest environmental protection laws . Beats me how he could ever get insurance for a billion dollar project built at sea level right in the hurricane belt . The whole thing sounds like something right out of the onion . I wonder why no one has brought this environment killer up yet ?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  jeffgold122
October 14, 2016 3:21 pm

“Not to mention his eco resort development for the uber wealthy which will cover over a large part of a previously undeveloped tropical island with energy intensive , capital intensive condos for the .1% , while denying access to the local subsistence fisherman who have traditionally had access .”
Usually, when posting something like this, it’s customary to provide some evidence in the form of links to verifiable sources. Otherwise you’ve simply made a gratuitous assertion which can be just as gratuitously ignored.
In other words, put up or shut up.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
October 14, 2016 7:05 pm

Easy enough to find , it was written up in the real estate / travel section of the nytimes ; huff po , etc . Without the least bit of commentary on the environmental damage or impact . The style / real estate people fawned and gushed over it . He even has deepak chopra to help improve the circadian lighting and insufficient quality of natural air to make it more healthy for his condo owners and the climate scientists he plans on hosting . The name of the island is blackadder cay and its off the belizean coast . Should be no problem to google it . Its for ( sur ) real .

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
October 14, 2016 8:06 pm

BTW , if you do google the times , huffpo and other stories about it , you’ll find a stream of comments about it from the greenest of people that make these comments sound like fan mail by comparison . No way around it , he’s either collosally hypocritical or monumentally clueless . Your guess is as good as mine

Reply to  jeffgold122
October 14, 2016 5:16 pm

Looks like he plans on creating a “sustainable” resort, including 45 individual homes at $10 million apiece, on an island with no potable water. Roof (tarp) water runoff is what I have seen in Belieze; it is stored in plastic reserviors. The sustainable storage facilities on Lennys’ magical island will be made of native materials (where possible), and visitors will not be allowed to use plastic bottles to store their own personal water.
Rates for the other portion of the resort (68 rental bungalows) are yet to be determined, but similar places are $1,000 a night.
I guess if you feed anything enough money, you can claim that it is sustainable.

Reply to  DonM
October 14, 2016 5:45 pm

I suspect 10 years from now ,we will be able to watch youtube videos of the abandoned resort as it crumbles away.

Reply to  DonM
October 14, 2016 7:19 pm

It’ll require massive desalinators to supply water for drinking , cooking , showers , pools and landscaping at the least . Then there’s the problem of sewage treatment , garbage and waste removal , ; supplying food and beverages from the mainland ; refrigeration and air conditioning ; domestic electricity . Not to mention the building and ongoing logistcal support to keep it all going . Gonna take a heap of solar panels and electric boats and machinery . Sustainable huh ? Show me

Reply to  DonM
October 14, 2016 8:23 pm

$1000 per night + $500 to ‘offset’ your carbon. It’s all perfectly sustainable.

October 14, 2016 1:12 pm

Catch Leonardo if you can!

October 14, 2016 1:14 pm

What goes around comes around.

October 14, 2016 1:40 pm

Funny a high school drop out is all good till he doesn’t share the money and THEN not qualified 😉

Ross King
October 14, 2016 1:43 pm

The flip-side is that the UN has to stoop to the extent that the best candidate rfor the role (yes ROLE!!!) is an uneducated pretty-boy from Hollywood, whose objective credentials fall short of Paris Hilton’s. Who sought-out whom, one might well ask!? Is the UN reduced to scraping the barrel for such people to serve as titular ‘Ambassadors’? This sounds like desperation on their part to me: if they can’t adduce their arguments without recourse to pretty-boys (and -ladies) for chocolate-box wrapping, they are beyond redemption.
And is diCaprio reduced to peddling his image thro’ an agency headed by the lamentable puppet, Ban Ki Moon?
They deserve each other. A pox on both their houses.

October 14, 2016 1:46 pm

He could always start a made-to-fail solar company with lots of grants and loans.

October 14, 2016 1:56 pm

I am loving it. We’ve felt the sting of their hypocrisy for so damn long that watching one get what’s coming satisfies. Now if we can just get this treatment for my local boy Al Gore. Public humiliation followed by a good dose of incarceration. No justice No peace Leo.

Ross King
October 14, 2016 1:59 pm

DiCaprio’s hubris explains all: any means of self-advancement is his driving force and likely has nothing to do with any vehicle he chooses for such advancement. Nobel Prize must clearly be in his sights, as well as a Presidential run. Al Gore is likely his model.

george e. smith
Reply to  Ross King
October 14, 2016 5:14 pm

So anyhow, what is this kid’s real name; I mean not the one he plays on celluloid ??

October 14, 2016 2:00 pm

Gen Sec of the very first UN conference: Bad roots rotten tree.

Reply to  troe
October 14, 2016 2:00 pm

left out his name…. Alger Hiss

Carbon BIgfoot
October 14, 2016 2:02 pm

As I noted in a prior post—Obummer’s Water Boy and consummate BED WETTER Leo described his fright to the UN General Assembly in the trailer featuring the Climate Farce scheduled to air on NatGeo Channel DIRECTV 276, 30Oct16.
Also featured are Physicist Jack Black with his normal modicum of Hollywood stupidity ( why didn’t King Kong not eat this cretin ? ) and Archbishop AlGore in his finest arrogance.

Reply to  Carbon BIgfoot
October 14, 2016 2:07 pm

AGW ate Nat Geo which was one of my favorite windows on the world. Tragic.

October 14, 2016 2:13 pm

And the Nobel Peace Prize will have to wait till next year.

October 14, 2016 2:13 pm

This is old. The story dates back to August. He hasn’t dealt with it yet. The stench isn’t going away.

Tom O
October 14, 2016 2:13 pm

Actually, I kind of think the beard makes him look more like Mikey Mann – just a little better looking and a helluva lot richer. Maybe Mikey is his idol!

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Tom O
October 14, 2016 5:17 pm

On provides acting services to science journals, the other provides acting services to Hollywood directors.

October 14, 2016 2:15 pm

My hope is that this all ends like the earlier struggle against Communism. I came in after much of the real desperate dirty fighting had been done by people better than me. Many of them did not live to see the victory and often doubted the outcome. This is like that. They will lose. We can’t help but ensure it.

October 14, 2016 2:16 pm

Gotta goggle Mickey Mann

Reply to  troe
October 14, 2016 2:17 pm

I live in the South. We can’t afford Google

October 14, 2016 2:24 pm

The Wolf of the Rain Forest strikes again.

October 14, 2016 3:09 pm

we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role

And that’s saying a lot! How can he lack that much credibility? Is Leo like a credibility black hole? He has so little credibility he can’t even represent the incredible? Wow. That’s got to be something National Geographic should be covering. Where’s Scientific American? Nature Climate Change? All the usual suspects? This is big news! Leo DiCaprio is a credibility vacuum! Someone could get a Nobel Peace Prize for this…

Ross King
October 14, 2016 3:24 pm

comment image
…. gets you the ‘Swiss letter’.
WallSt.J. has item today on possible links with clinton Fdn. Can’t copy & paste link tho’ check it out! Cd be fun!

Bloke down the pub
October 14, 2016 4:07 pm

While typing this, I’m watching Django unchained. The connections with Lenny the goats cagw proselytising
are too close to call.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Bloke down the pub
October 15, 2016 2:57 am

Watch “12 years as a slave”.

October 14, 2016 4:52 pm

But scolding others is sooo much fun!

Joel O’Bryan
October 14, 2016 5:05 pm

““If DiCaprio is unwilling to come clean, we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role,” said Lukas Straumann, “

Now there is an understatement if there ever was one. His experience with Arctic Ice melting is on the Titanic soundstage as he appeared to slide into icey waters to become a popsicle.
That understanding of hypothermia-ice melt qualified him to be the UN’s Climate Messenger of Peace. But you’d think that he would have gotten the message that it is cold that kills, not warmth.

October 14, 2016 7:17 pm

is this the same guy that called a Chinook wind Global Warming?

Reply to  asybot
October 14, 2016 8:35 pm

Chinook winds do cause global warming !
They transfer heat from the ocean to the atmosphere. Since the specific heat capacity of air is less that water this increases the average global mean temperature.
Since this non physical ‘average’ is used as the metric global warming, Chinook winds do magically cause global warming without the slightest change to the energy budget.
That’s just “basic physics”.

Reply to  GregG
October 15, 2016 3:21 am

Yeah, and Los Ninos also cool the ocean and increase the rate of heat loss. So what does that tell you about the energy budget?

Reply to  GregG
October 16, 2016 6:45 am

No ocean in Colorado, Wyoming nor Montana for their Chinooks to transfer heat from.

October 14, 2016 7:47 pm

We should cheer on and encourage Leo to even GREATER acts of criminality. His hunger cannot be denied! Let him eat the raw flesh of his children victims (boys less than 5-years age) on real-time internet video!

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  RBom
October 14, 2016 9:11 pm

My guess is Leo likes his victims in the 16yr old range and female.

October 14, 2016 7:52 pm

How much more credible must one be.

October 14, 2016 9:01 pm

Bi BI Len DiPollutant

October 15, 2016 2:02 am

I’m rooting for him to keep his job, the longer he stays the bigger the joke.

October 15, 2016 2:05 am
Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
October 15, 2016 4:50 am

At a press conference in London, the Bruno Manser Funds offered DiCaprio an ultimatum: either he …

Language quibble.
Unless I’m missing something, the Bruno Manser Funds organization is is no position to offer an ultimatum to DiCaprio. An ultimatum is a threat by one party take some specific action unless another party either takes or ceases taking some other specific action. As in “if you do not resign as “Messenger of Peace” we will have you removed.” The Bruno Manser Fund has no power to do that; all they can do is write more letters demanding DiCaprio do things they have no power to compel.
It’s rather like a policeman chasing a suspect and shouting “Halt, or I will should ‘halt’ again!”!
Now if they said “either resign or we will release photographs of you in flagrante delicto with the underage hieress to a coal-energy fortune”, that would be an ultimatum.

October 15, 2016 9:05 am

my fab leonardo dicaprio😘

October 15, 2016 2:53 pm

I certainly hope DiCaprio doesn’t step down from his self promotion role as the actor trying to stop the climate from changing . The videos of him are going to be funnier than Monty Python reruns .

October 15, 2016 7:05 pm

DiCaprio left school at 16. It shows. He has a chip on his shoulder.

Ross King
Reply to  Fin
October 17, 2016 7:35 pm

Perhaps kicked-out?
Yes, he has Chipmunk on his shoulder, which wd appear to be his only intellectual possession, judging by his performances (theatrical & self-promoting all).

October 16, 2016 11:43 pm

Seems a Calgary film crew had a little fun with Leo last year and he made a total fool of himself.
Leonardo DiCaprio witnesses a ‘terrifying’ sign of climate change in Calgary — a Chinook
National Post, Tristin Hopper – December 10, 2015
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attracted widespread derision from the people of Calgary after he cited the city’s famously unusual weather as “terrifying” evidence of climate change.
“We would come and there would be eight feet of snow, and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come,” DiCaprio told, describing it as a “scary” vision of things to come.
“It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse.”
While Alberta winters do seem to be getting warmer lately, sudden shifts of temperature have been a Calgary winter staple for centuries. Known as Chinook winds, they are sudden gusts of warm, coastal air that coarse over the Rocky Mountains, leaving a trail of instant snow melt.
“Those who have not the warm, invigorating Chinook winds of this country, cannot well comprehend what a blessing they are,” reads a description of the phenomenon from a 1900 edition of the Calgary Weekly Herald. “The icy clutch of winter is lessened, the earth throws off its winding sheet of snow.”
Chinooks are also the origin of the favourite Calgary phrase “if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes.”
While the actor did not mention the specific date when the phenomenon took place, it did suddenly reach 17 C on Jan. 25, sending Calgarians to patios in t-shirts.
Oddly, however, DiCaprio reported that Albertan crew members told him ‘this has never happened in our province ever.”
“I wish someone had explained to Leonardo DiCaprio what a Chinook is,” wrote Alberta MP Michelle Rempel in a Twitter Post.
DiCaprio was in Southern Alberta in early 2014 to film The Revenant, a film recounting the true story of 1820s frontiersman Hugh Glass, who mounted an epic journey out of the U.S. wilderness after being left for dead following a bear attack.
He described the warm wind encounter during a media Q&A for the film.
“I’ve never experienced something so firsthand that was so dramatic. You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference,” he said.
The shoot did experience more Chinooks than usual because of a strong El Nino season, according to Global Calgary Meteorologist Jordan Witzel, who acted as a forecasting consultant on The Revenant.
But as Witzel noted on the Global News website, “You cannot make a statement on climate change based on a weather event … weather is what’s happening now; climate is what we would expect to happen into the
[end of excerpt]

Ross King
Reply to  Allan M.R. MacRae
October 17, 2016 8:52 am

Having spent over 20 years in Clagary, I’ve seen countless Chinooks. The most extreme (about 1983-4) had the temperature rise from 39 C. (one off the record I eremember) from -24 C. to +15 C. I walked to work in an artic parka; dressed-up in it to go out at lunch, and found everyone at street-level in shirtsleeves.
(For the intellectuaully challenged of this World — say no name! — here are the Fahrenheit translations: rise 70 F. from 11 F. to 59 F.)
There’s no counting for the gullible, and a fool boprn every minute…..

Reply to  Ross King
October 18, 2016 9:26 am

Shouldn’t that be -11F?
But thanks for the conversion. I do estimates in my head because I am too lazy to do the actual calculations.

Ross King
Reply to  Ross King
October 18, 2016 10:10 am

Thanks to philjourdan, that shd read “-11 F. to +59 F.

Ross King
Reply to  Allan M.R. MacRae
October 17, 2016 9:01 am

Got me remembering….!
Above Chinook was prob’ly 1982.
Add: the biggest snowfall I ever saw in Calgary was on May 31st., 36″ +/-, about 1989? Turned into major city-flooding 24 hours later!!!

Ross King
Reply to  Allan M.R. MacRae
October 17, 2016 9:05 am

Before my time, but queen visited Calgary after Her Coronation (about 1954??) and it snowed during Stampede (which is usually early July, but I seem to remember was in August at the specially laid-on rodeo event).
Hard frost one mid-August killed a field of potatoes, circa 1990.
Poor Leo …. he missed it all!

Reply to  Ross King
October 17, 2016 9:21 am

Hi Ross,
I move to Calgary in 1984 and soon thereafter we had -40C (also -40F) temperatures on Halloween – the kids and I were running from house to house, freezing to death.
Since then our winter temperatures have moderated somewhat – and some idiots say this is bad?
Some thoughts below…
Regards, Allan
Warm is good and cold is bad, for humanity AND the environment. Excess Winter Mortality globally is about 2 million people per year, including about 100,000 per year in the USA and up to 50,000 per year in the United Kingdom. Excess Winter Mortality rates are high even in warm countries like Australia and Thailand.
Reference: “Cold Weather Kills 20 Times as Many People as Hot Weather” by Joseph D’Aleo and Allan MacRae, September 4, 2015

Ross King
Reply to  Allan M.R. MacRae
October 17, 2016 9:11 am

And S. Alberta — prone to Chinooks — has been naturally denuded of forest cover since time immemorial because of the huge temperature variations caused by Chinook winds. The trees that do survive nestle into sheltered area, such as coulees, and are specially adapted.
Hallllllloooooo…..??? ….. Leo???? Chinooks b’in around a long time before the Industrial Revolution! (But your grasp of History & Geography is not your strong-point, is it?

Ross King
Reply to  Allan M.R. MacRae
October 17, 2016 9:52 am

Hi Allan:
Yes! The infamous Calgary Halloween, -40 !! … forgot that one!

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