Leonardo DiCaprio Calls Out Climate-Change Skeptics, Proceeds to Fly Everywhere on Private Jets

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By Lukas Mikelionis | 4:32 pm, October 5, 2016

Oscar-winning actor Leonardo ‘McCarthy’ DiCaprio draws a line in the sand when it comes to global warming and elected officials.

Speaking at the White House before a screening of his new documentary, Before the Flood, he said: “If you don’t believe in climate change, you don’t believe in facts, and science and empirical truths,” and added: “In my humble opinion, [you] should not be allowed to hold public office.”

But while DiCaprio thinks politicians doubting the effects of climate change are irrational brutes, he’s done his share to ruin the environment for the rest us by flying private jets + helicopters. Here’s a list of some of gas-guzzling jaunts:

Six Private Jet Trips in Six Weeks

Back in 2014, when the actor was already using his fame to advocate for the battle against climate change, the Sony email hack has revealed that DiCaprio took six private jet flights in just six weeks for travel between LA and New York.

By conservative estimates, every trip by a private jet leaves as much carbon footprint as an average American per year.

Well done, Leo.

8,000 Miles on a Private Jet to Collect an Environmental Award

The Daily Mail reported in May that the A-list actor had made a round trip from Cannes to New York on a private jet to collect an award for his work on climate change. Yes, really.

The trip burned the equivalent of about 90 tons of coal—which could power 22 homes for a year.

Jet Flight to Davos, Switzerland, to Lecture on Evils of Energy Companies

In 2016, DiCaprio once again rejected more environmentally friendly means of transport and opted out for a private jet. He flew to the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Davos to lecture the businessmen on their greediness:

“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered up the evidence of our changing climate.”

Using a Helicopter in Your Own Movie About Global Warming

Come on, Leo. Really?


Total Count: At least nine confirmed environmentally unfriendly trips. But how many more are there that we don’t know about?

In the documentary’s trailer, the actor ponders: “We’re knowingly doing this. I just wanna know how far we’ve gone. And if there’s anything we can do to stop it.”

Well, Leo, maybe start using the economy class?