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.

90 thoughts on “Ooops. Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role

    • 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.

      • 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.

  1. 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.

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

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

      • 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 . . . .?

      • 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.

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

      • 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.

  4. 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’.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ?

    • “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.

      • 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 .

      • 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

    • 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.

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

      • 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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!

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

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

  16. ““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.

    • 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”.

      • 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?

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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 .

    • “Left?”
      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).

  20. 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]

    • 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…..

    • 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!!!

    • 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!

    • 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?

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