Leonardo DiCaprio Pushes Climate Agenda In Thank You Note For Russian ‘Oscar’

Leonardo DiCaprio now has two Oscars. Even before Leonardo was awarded the Oscar at this year’s ceremony, there was an enthusiastic and dedicated bunch of fans who did not want to wait for the Academy to do what they could do themselves: make a statute and award it to him. So they did. The Inquisitr reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was to get an Oscar from Russia.

The residents of the East Siberia republic of Yakutia started a project by the name of “Oscar for Leo.” The project, headed by Tatyana Yegorova, consisted of crafting an “Oscar” for Leonardo DiCaprio and awarding it to him.

“Yakutia praises high-quality cinema and considers DiCaprio to be an actor who can inspire and delight his audiences,” she said.

However, Leonardo DiCaprio did not fail to spare a thought for climate change in the “thank you” note he wrote for the people of Yakutia, who gifted him the statue.

The “Oscar” from Russia was surely meant to look a little different from Uncle Oscar. It is, as one would expect, inspired by the Russian culture. Instead of a sword, the figure holds a Choron, a three-legged traditional goblet that “symbolizes peace and expressing the people’s love for the actor,” according to Yegorova.

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And it seems the Russian fans had it all figured out — even where the statue would look. Yegovora said the statue will look up at the sky and not hold the sword because “when a person looks at the sky, the stars, only then does he realize his true purpose and become a part of nature,” Yegovora said.

The statue, which will be cast in silver is going to be around 12 inches tall which may also vary depending on the donations the cause gets.

The figure was to be made with silver and was going to be around 12 inches in height. Yegorova certainly seems to be making exceptions for the star, as she says traditionally the statue is created with birch and that the fans were making an exception for Leo.

“Usually it is created from solid birch but we will make an exception for DiCaprio,” said Yegorova.

Leonardo DiCaprio posted a picture of the wonderful statue on Instagram and thanked the people of Yakutia for the gift. However, just like his Oscar speech, Leo did not shy away from talking about a subject that is very close to his heart: climate change.

“Thank you to the people of Yakutia for this wonderful gift, especially all of the women who gathered and donated the materials that went into creating the statue. As they wrote in their letter, Yakutia is home to the coldest inhabited place not only in Russia, but also on Earth – and the region is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures pose a major threat to its people, their way of life and their natural habitat.”

It’s understandable that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of the time, but is Leo trying to push his agenda a bit too hard? Should he have kept the issue out of the thank you note? During his Oscar speech, Leo said that the threat to Earth’s climate was of serious concern.

“Climate change is real. It is happening right now,” he said in his Oscar acceptance speech, Entertainment Weekly has reported.

Leonardo DiCaprio posts several messages on Instagram that lend a voice to fighting climate change. He said at the Academy Awards that it was the most urgent threat that faces humanity at the moment and that procrastination was not the answer.

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