Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Leonardo DiCaprio has met with Donald Trump and his team, to try to convince him to implement a programme of green job creation.
“Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework – which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism – that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” Tamminen said.
“Our conversation focused on how create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”
The Oscar-winning actor has been a strong advocate of fighting climate change and preserving wildlife, and his recent documentary, Before the Flood, addresses the peril that the world faces because of climate change.
DiCaprio met with Ivanka Trump a few days ago and presented her with a copy of the film.
LDF is the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
I don’t know exactly what DiCaprio presented to President-elect Trump, but something called the “LDF Climate Action Plan” is available here.
The main points of the LDF plan;
- GOAL 1: Net zero carbon emissions by 2050
- GOAL 2: Average carbon price of $25 per tonne (USD) by 2020
- GOAL 3: Zero net loss of forests by 2020 and protection of 30% of the oceans by 2030
- GOAL 4: 100% climate literacy by 2020
- GOAL 5: 40% more efficient by 2025 compared to 2015 (this appears to be related to efficient use of energy)
- GOAL 6: 90% reduction of all waste by 2025
- GOAL 7: 100% of all energy generation from renewables by 2050
- GOAL 8: Net zero transportation emissions by 2050
Like a lot of DiCaprio offerings, the plan is long on big ideas and short on detail. The plan mentions the word “jobs” exactly twice. The following quote is telling about the kind of green jobs DiCaprio expects us ordinary folk to do, while he jets about above our heads.
… Installing building insulation or rooftop solar panels; converting decomposing waste into new products and clean, local energy resources; and restoring forests are just a few examples of how we can create millions of new jobs and make our communities healthier and more equitable, while making the globe a little cooler at the same time. …
If I get a choice I’d rather go for one of the forest planting jobs rather than the decomposing waste or rooftop solar jobs. Less chance of being electrocuted or falling from a height, and a lot less smelly.
In case you haven’t seen the DiCaprio climate documentary, I’ve created a 5 minute summary, to save you having to watch the entire film.