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Leonardo DiCaprio: Greta Thunberg a leader of our time

  • Published at 08:42 pm November 3rd, 2019
Leo and Greta
Veteran environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio poses with the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, whose yearlong protest for climate change made the world take notice | Instagram

The post ended with the statement: 'It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet'

Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio was much impressed when he met teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg. DiCaprio shared a picture with the young climate change activist on his verified page in Instagram. The post had already garnered more than four million likes since it was uploaded.

DiCaprio wrote a long caption for the image which begins thus: "There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments, and in such transformational ways but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time.

"History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted." 

The post continues: "I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over. It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds."

The post ended with the statement: "It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet." The hashtags included in the post were #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike @fridaysforfuture.

Greta Thunberg has helped begin an international youth movement against climate change. The Swedish teenager first staged a "School Strike for Climate" in front of the Swedish Parliament in August last year, reports BBC. Her strike has inspired students from around the world, leading tens of thousands of students from Germany, Japan, the UK, Australia, and many more to join her #FridaysforFuture demonstrations.

The Titanic star has also been speaking on environmental issues, and climate change for a long time. At his acceptance speech for Best Actor in the 88th Oscars, for his role in The Revenant, DiCaprio had said: "Making The Revenant was about depicting man's relation to the natural world, a world in which we collectively felt, in 2015, the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of the 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.

"We need to support leaders around the world, who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations. Who speaks for all of humanity, the indigenous people of the world and the billions and billions of underprivileged people who would be most affected by this, for our children's children, and those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."  

DiCaprio also told Newsbeat in 2016 that he thinks climate change is the biggest issue facing young people today. He has a foundation which is dedicated to addressing climate change and environmental threats to life on Earth. His organization recently donated $5 million towards helping the Amazon rainforest after the recent outbreak of fires this year.

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