Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change double standard

Climate Change hypocrites abound, every country has them.

In New Zealand we have Lucy Lawless and in the US they have plenty more. Al Gore is int eh A-League for climate hypocrisy, and Leonardo DiCaprio is now in the same league.

His carbon footprint so far in 2014 would be a minimum of 40 million metric tons, more than twice the average American output.

With his speech in front of the United Nations today, Leonardo DiCaprio cemented his reputation as one of the world’s highest-profile activists on climate change.

‘You can make history …or be vilified by it,’ he told world leaders.

After marching with 400,000 others on the streets of New York this weekend to demand tough regulations to cut the amount of CO2 being pumped into the air, DiCaprio opened a UN climate change summit by urging world leaders to crack down on polluters and ‘put a price tag on carbon emissions.’

But the 39-year-old Hollywood star’s own jetset lifestyle reveals a double-standard on the issue of climate change.

In his speech to the UN, he said: ‘This disaster has grown beyond the choices that individuals make.’

MailOnline can report that DiCaprio took at least 20 trips across the nation and around the world this year alone – including numerous flights from New York to Los Angeles and back, a ski vacation to the French Alps, another vacation to the French Riveria, flights to London and Tokoyo to promote his film Wolf of Wall Street, two trips to Miami and a private jet to Brazil to watch the World Cup.

And those were just the trips where he was spotted in public.

Additionally, DiCaprio owns at least four homes: two apartments in New York and mansions in Hollywood and Palm Springs.

He also recently sold an estate in Malibu for $17million.

And this summer, he spent his World Cup vacation on the fifth largest yacht in the world, which is owned by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan – a billionaire oil tycoon from the UAE.

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Even if he flew on a commercial jet for all of flights, his carbon footprint so far in 2014 would be a minimum of 40million metric tons of CO2 spewed into the atmosphere, more than twice the average American output for an entire year.

That figure only takes into account his flights and assumes that he flew exclusively on commercial airlines – even though the $220million A-lister is known to charter private jets.

Carbon emissions for private jets vary, but by some accounts are more than 37 times higher than flying commercial.

Prior to his jetting off to the summit, climate change hypocrites marched through New York City and left behind a mountain of rubbish.

Climate change skeptics have branded protesters who marched through Manhattan on Sunday as hypocrites for leaving litter strewn across the city.

New Yorkers uploaded images to social media sites showing piles of trash – included ditched paper and cardboard signs – left behind after thousands took part in the People’s Climate March.

‘Their love for the Earth is so real, they couldn’t even use a trash can,’ one critic, known as @chelsea_elisa on Twitter, wrote beneath an image of an overflowing trash can.

‘Somehow this doesn’t seem too green 2me,’ David Kreutzer, a research fellow at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, wrote alongside another photo of litter on the ground.

Speaking to the New York Post, Kreutzer slammed the marchers for wasting paper to create the signs, as well as burning fossil fuels to take buses or planes to the event.

‘The hypocrisy varies from person to person,’ he said. ‘The ones that fly in on private jets are the most hypocritical.’

And yes, one of the hypocrites was Leonaro DiCaprio:

Celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, were seen parading through the streets of New York City – presumably after catching flights to be there.

They joined as many as 300,000 others – including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. senators – to march through the streets.


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