Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio told reporters in Japan on Wednesday the United States must elect a president who takes climate change science seriously.
At a press conference in Tokyo promoting The Revenant, the actor and environmental activist told the media, “We should not have a candidate who doesn’t believe in modern science to be leading our country,” according to the AFP.
He added: “Climate change is one of the most concerning issues facing all humanity and the United States needs to do its part.”
Of his filmmaking partner Fisher Stevens, who produced the 2010 documentary The Cove, DiCaprio said, “We’ve been traveling around the world documenting climate change.”
DiCaprio is working on a climate change documentary that will be released before November, and he reportedly visited China, India, and the North Pole and South Pole with Stevens.
Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump have both expressed doubts about the science behind climate change.
Trump described the hysteria as a “very, very expensive form of tax,” adding, “A lot of people are making a lot of money.”
Trump has also tweeted about his opinion on climate change on numerous occasions in recent years.