Leonardo DiCaprio discusses climate with Obama
President Barack Obama has Leonardo DiCaprio been invited to the South By South Lawn festival, which he soon holds in his backyard. The “oscar” Italian and activist was asked to join the discussions on the state of the earth.
The president and the actor discuss during the event “the need of the only planet we have to protect it for future generations,” according to a statement from the White House.
The two are assisted by klimaatveranderingspecialist Katharine Hayhoe. Also, Leonardo’s documentary Before The Flood premiered during the festival.
South By South Lawn is an initiative of Obama, in which innovation is central. The name is a nod to the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival that is held annually in Austin, Texas.
In march was the president present at that event. His own version is held on 3 October and is also available on the site and the facebook page of the White House.
DiCaprio pushes itself to the preservation of the environment. He has several times donated money to organizations that work for the environment.
In 1998 he founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. This raises the actor money for purposes that are committed to the planet and endangered species.