He's been an environmental activist for years
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 132 days, but over the last few weeks he has been causing a tidal wave of facepalms across the globe. There’s the time he plagiarised a speech from Legally Blonde; he then went on to barge European leaders out of the way like a giant man baby to make sure he was in the centre of a press photo; and lets not forget ‘covfefe’. Ever.
Celebrities have not shied away from speaking out against him publicly, and only this week Kathy Griffin lost her job at CNN following that severed head picture.
But (in a slightly more measured response), Leonardo DiCaprio – environmental activist, Oscar winning actor and the heartthrob of our nineties dreams – was left furious after Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
On his Facebook page, Leo wrote: ‘Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump’s careless decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. Our future on this planet is now more at risk than ever before.
‘For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging.
‘Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change, and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths. It is time for all of us to stand up, organize, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action.’
The deal was struck in 2015 and committed the US, as well as 187 other countries, to work together to tackle global warming, but Trump has claimed that the agreement ‘punished’ the US and would cost millions of American jobs, stating: ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.’