Hypocrite? Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Private Jet to Accept Environmental Award
Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is well-known not just for his acting but for his involvement with environmental causes.
That's why some eyebrows were raised when DiCaprio took a private jet from Cannes to New York City to pick up an award from Robert De Niro's clean water advocacy group.
Just 24 hours later, DiCaprio reappeared back in France for a Cinema Against AIDS gala, where he gave a speech.
According to The New York Post, the private jet flights expanded his carbon footprint by 8,000 miles.
During his Oscar acceptance speech earlier this year, DiCaprio had said, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”
Robert Rapier, an environmental analyst, told the Post that DiCaprio's history of private jets and yachts "diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions."
“[He] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow," Rapier said. "It’s because everyone loves the combination of cost and convenience they offer. Alternatives usually require sacrifice of one form or another. Everybody says, ‘I’ve got a good reason for consuming what I consume’ ... It’s the exact same rationalization for billions of people."
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