GREEN-OCRITE: DiCaprio Not Practicing What He Preaches?

GREEN-OCRITE: DiCaprio Not Practicing What He Preaches?

GREEN-OCRITE: DiCaprio Not Practicing What He Preaches?

Leonardo DiCaprio used his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday to deliver a message about the perils of global warming. But the A-list actor, who flies private jets, rents out entire yachts, and maintains multiple multimillion dollar residences, has a carbon footprint that’s likely among the biggest in the world.

“Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history,” DiCaprio said at the Academy Awards. “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. 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.”

But experts point out that a big part of reducing one’s carbon footprint is to stop buying so many expensive, energy-consuming toys.

“Carbon footprints go up with wealth, they have more stuff and consume more stuff,” says Dr. Gavin Schmidt, who works for Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. “America is extremely energy wasteful. The electricity to charge your phone it’s not pixie dust... it comes from power plants.”

 

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