pilloried by fans and critics this weekend for taking a private jet from France to New York and back again to scoop up an environmental award, an 8,000-mile-long journey that was anything but green. He had flown to New York City to receive an award from the grassroots’ organization Riverkeeper, which helps protects NY waterways. Before coming to New York, DiCaprio was chumming it up at the Cannes Film Festival in France and partying hard at club Gotha with supermodel Georgia Fowler.Leonardo DiCaprio was
A rep for DiCaprio told US Weekly: “He was asked to speak at both Riverkeeper and amfAR events, but the only way to attend the two fundraisers was to hitch a ride with flights that were already planned.” Apparently DiCaprio has never heard of large screen projectors and teleconferencing, something even the Oscars has used for actors who are inconveniently too far away.
After arriving in New York City and attending the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Piers, Robert De Niro presented DiCaprio with the ‘Big Fish’ award. DiCaprio shared the award with Ralph Lauren, and the long-running event raised more than $1.6 million. DiCaprio also gave a $100,000 grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) to the Riverkeeper group.
But before the private jet’s engines had a chance to cool, the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ star was back in France to attend the annual amfAR auction at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc surrounded by a gaggle of supermodels at another party. All told, DiCaprio’s jaunt spewed an estimated 40 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, or the equivalent of what two Americans release in one year.
At the amfAR auction in Cannes, DiCaprio auctioned off a one-week vacation for 12 people at his home in Palm Springs, and not one of his homes as his rep intuited. DiCaprio’s foundation had already pledged $15 million to environmental causes at this year’s World Economic Forum. He was there to decry the “greed of the energy industry” and demand more action on global warming.
He also made climate change an issue at the Golden Globes, BAAFTA, and more recently at the Oscar Award ceremonies by championing his favorite cause: global warming. During his Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actor in “The Revenant,” the actor said: “[Climate change] is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”