(Natural News) The actor received an environmental award in New York City last week, drawing criticism, as he is reported to have flown 8,000 miles in one week despite giving numerous speeches warning about the dire impact of burning fossil fuels.
Titanic star flies 8,000 miles in one week aboard private jet
“DiCaprio attended the Cannes Film Festival Monday and was seen partying with model Georgia Fowler. Two days later, The Revenant star was in New York, where he received the Fishermen’s Ball’s ‘Big Fish’ award for his commitment to clean water. A day later, DiCaprio was back in France giving a speech at amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala,”reports Breitbart.
The Titanic star recently told the United Nations that “our our planet cannot be saved, unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.” He also said that “a massive change is required right now, one that leads to a new collective consciousness, a new collective evolution of the human race, inspired and enabled by a sense of urgency.”
Clearly, when DiCaprio talks about the need for urgent change, he isn’t referring to his own lifestyle habits, but the habits of so-called ordinary citizens.
“[He] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow. It’s because everyone loves the combination of cost and convenience they offer. Alternatives usually require sacrifice of one form or another,” Rapier added.
“Everybody says, ‘I’ve got a good reason for consuming what I consume’ … It’s the exact same rationalization for billions of people.”
The consequences of fossil fuels
Did you know that 85 percent of the United States’ fossil fuel use originates through coal, oil and natural gas? While it provides us with a surplus of energy, it is not without consequences.
The burning of fossil fuels is the primary contributor to various environmental problems including climate change, poor air quality, oil spills and acid rain.
Pollution released by fossil-fuel powered plants takes a toll on public health causing illnesses such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, cardiovascular problems and premature death, according to the Scientific American.