Oscar-winning actor and global warming activist Leonardo DiCaprio will be giving a speech on manmade global warming later this month. The actor’s busy party schedule will probably require – as it has in the past – that he board a private jet and fly halfway around the world.Some 500 of his Hollywood friends are invited to hear DiCaprio talk about manmade global warming. Even though most of them are based in Los Angeles, the event will take place in Saint Tropez, France – roughly 12,000 miles round trip. The Daily Mail reported:
The reception – the grand-sounding Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Annual Gala To Fund Climate and Biodiversity Projects – will be held on July 20 at the Bertaud Belieu Vineyards on the French Riviera.
Celebrities including Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Spacey are all expected to attend, along with a host of international rock and pop stars, supermodels and tycoons.
And while a table seating 12 people at the gala costs up to £125,000, the real price will be paid by the environment.
If just one guest among the 500 invitees chooses to fly the 12,000-mile round trip from LA to St Tropez by private jet – a notoriously environmentally unfriendly way to travel – they will produce 86 tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas.
Even those who use a scheduled flight will be responsible for releasing seven tons of CO2 – leading green campaigners to ask why the event could not have been held in Hollywood or in St Tropez during May’s Cannes Film Festival, when many of the guests would have been there anyway.This is hardly the first time the actor has crisscrossed the globe, raising awareness about how carbon emissions are causing global warming. Page Six reported in May about the actor’s acceptance of a “green” award and his ironic disregard for carbon emissions and their supposed effect on global warming:
DiCaprio was at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and was spotted there partying at club Gotha on Monday with model Georgia Fowler, then jetted back to New York for the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, where he was honored by the clean-water advocacy group and Robert De Niro.
Just 24 hours later, DiCaprio reappeared back in France for amfAR’s [The American Foundation for AIDS Research] glitzy Cinema Against AIDS gala, where he gave a speech