Leonardo DiCaprio addressed the the United Nations’ member states on Sept. 23. The states had gathered for the much-awaited summit meeting on climate headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The Hollywood star, who is also a known environmental activist, recently added UN Messenger of Peace to his list of credentials after he participated in one of “the largest protest rallies on climate change in history,” where thousands of people marched in several countries across the globe over the weekend.
However, the actor, whose estimated net worth is around $220 million, has been accused of being a hypocrite. DiCaprio’s lavish lifestyle – complete with yachts and private jets – is producing a lot more carbon dioxide emissions than most people.
"My friends, this body, perhaps more than any other gathering in human history now faces this difficult but achievable task. You can make history or you will be vilified by it,” said DiCaprio at the UN summit.
“This disaster has grown beyond the choices that individuals make,” he added.
Shortly after he made the speech, several critics pointed out how DiCaprio spent his FIFA World Cup vacation on the fifth largest yacht in the world, a 482-foot behemoth owned by Abu Dhabi's oil billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“Mansour, DiCaprio and 21 of DiCaprio’s friends traveled in the $400 million yacht to Sao Paulo for the first World Cup game between Brazil and Croatia,” Arab News reported.
Sure, DiCaprio tries his best to lead a green life: He owns a $4 million apartment in an eco-friendly apartment building in Battery Park City, drives electric sports cars and is frequently spotted riding a bike around New York. But his fuel-filled air travel makes him the most serious environmental sinner.
As he tries to strike a balance between his celebrity lifestyle and fight for a global cause, we have to wonder if Leonardo DiCaprio is really a hero or a hypocrite when it comes to climate change.