Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Wednesday (7 December) had a meeting with the US President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the issue of climate change. During the meeting he explained the points on how jobs centred on preserving the environment can boost the US economy.
The American actor, whose foundation is raising awareness about the adverse effect of climate change, presented a framework to Trump on how millions of job can be created by focusing on renewable, clean energy.
"Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework — which LDF[Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation] 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, Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation," Terry Tamminen, the CEO of LDF told the Associated Press about the meeting between the actor and Trump at the at Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday, 7 December. (Via Hollywood Reporter)
The Oscar winning actor is an outspoken advocate of wildlife preservation and is on a mission to highlight the significant dangers of climate change. He has spoken at the United Nations multiple times to raise awareness about the issue. His documentary Before The Flood has been widely appreciated for pin pointing the catastrophic destruction that may loom over the Earth if actions are not taken to save the environment. His documentary features prominent world leaders including Barack Obama, Ban Ki-Moon, Elon Musk and Pope Francis.
DiCaprio presented a copy of his documentary to Trump who, according to AP, promised to watch it. DiCaprio also presented a DVD of his film to Ivanka Trump.
After building a successful relationship with the Outgoing US president, DiCaprio is now trying to attract Trump's attention on environment preservation. The meeting between the actor and the president-elect has intrigued many as DiCaprio vocally supported Hilary Clinton during the US presidential elections and criticized the Trump's environmental policies. "We cannot afford to have leaders in office who do not believe in the modern science of climate change. This needs to be at the forefront of every conversation in world politics," he said during a Q&A in Toronto.
Impressing the President elect may not be an easier task for The Revenant actor as the former has previously called global warming a farce created by China to make 'US manufacturing non-competitive'. But, there is always hope as of late Trump has tweaked his opinion and admitted that "some connectivity" between climate change and human activity.
"We look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change, while putting millions of people to work at the same time," said a hopeful Tamminen.