Once again President Donald Trump is at the center of a controversy, this time for having the United States withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global action plan to put the world on track for avoiding dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Critics of all stripes ranging from business and world leaders and even famous Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio were outraged at the news. The Oscar-winning actor was a climate champion long before this latest disappointing decision became news, as he has been fighting against some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time since 1998, when he established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for supporting projects that protect wildlife, preserve the oceans, restore wildlands or empower communities. The foundation has raised over $30,000,000 in funds to finance these various initiatives. In acknowledgment for all of his impactful work, he was recently designated as the United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate Change, so it’s not really a surprise that he was one of the many well-known individuals to raise his voice in protest of the president’s much-debated choice. The star of Titanic and Revenant used social media to call people to action and to support organizations devoted to the cause, while defining Trump’s act a “careless decision”. He feels that the risk for our planet’s health is increased and “now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths”.
Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump's careless decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. Our future on this planet is now more at risk than ever before. For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging. Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change, and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths. It is time for all of us to stand up, organize, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action. You can start by supporting these organizations on the front lines of this fight: 1. @NRDC_Org: nrdc.org 2. @indivisibleteam: indivisibleguide.com/act-locally 3. Resistance Manual: www.resistancemanual.org/Climate_/_Environment 4. Stand Up America: standupamerica.com/act 5. Take action on BeforeTheFlood.com/Act Photo c/o Creative Commons: David Everett Strickler
DiCaprio seems to have predicted the threat of this occurring over one year ago, when during his Oscar acceptance speech he said “climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating”.
This was a call to action not unlike one made in more recent times, like the one made by Tiffany & Co. in early May, when the jewellery leader reacted to the potential exit of the USA from the Paris deal by publishing a call to action in newspapers that was also discussed during the latest Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
Unfortunately, these calls to action were clearly unheeded. While we wait to see if there will be new negotiations in the future between the Trump administration and the members of the Paris Climate Agreement, the most we can do is take action and make our own conscious decisions to help the planet.
Cover photo: @Leonardo DiCaprio