Climate Change: Does Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Need Donald Trump?

Sounak Mukhopadhyay - Author

Dec. 9 2016, Updated 4:25 a.m. ET

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a huge name in the fight against climate change. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is known for his skepticism about the idea of global warming. Does Leonardo DiCaprio need the President-elect by his side to continue the fight?

On Wednesday, DiCaprio had a meeting with Trump on the issue of climate change. Though the GOP leader completely rubbished climate change during his presidential campaign, he softened his tone a bit since his victory. Trump has apparently started recognizing a connection between human action and global warming.

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For Leonardo, Trump’s change of tone is enough for motivation. As a well-known climate change advocate, he got US President Barack Obama standing by him in the fight. Obama even agreed to feature in Leo’s documentary on climate change, Before the Flood. Obama is the first US president to be actively involved in the fight against climate change.

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Donald Trump, on the contrary, is a polar opposite of Obama on this issue, among many others. He appointed Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many believe it is Trump’s way of slowing down Obama’s efforts against climate change. Pruitt is known for his opposition to various climate policies by Barack Obama. DiCaprio must be aware of this. So, he played his cards carefully.

Leonardo has tried to convince Trump in the language he understands best, the language of business. He talked about the huge possibilities of green jobs. According to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation CEO Terry Tamminen, DiCaprio presented a framework to Trump and his advisers. He gave a detailed plan to Trump about how to initiate an economic revival across the country with investments in sustainable infrastructure, CNNreported.

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“Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”

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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has a long-term goal to make the Earth green again. Now, that sounds a lot like Donald Trump’s campaign catch line: “Make America Great Again.” But, the difference between Trump and DiCaprio is that Leo does not need a US presidency to continue his efforts to do so. Trump has four years. Leo has his entire life.


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