Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Leonardo DiCaprio slams Trump over climate deal exit


Like millions of others around the world, Leonardo DiCaprio has been left reeling by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The actor and prominent environmental rights campaigner took to Facebook to voice his dismay as Trump signalled his exit from the accord – the first of its kind to draw together 195 countries in a legally binding commitment to limit global warming.

“Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump's careless decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement,” the Wolf of Wall Street star writes, in a message that has been shared over 36,000 times to date.

“Our future on this planet is now more at risk than ever before. For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging.”

The Oscar-winner – who has contributed over $30million (£23 million) from his environmental foundation to help advance United Nations climate change negotiations – laid out ways in which people could fight back in the face of the Trump-led US departure from the accord.


Leonardo DiCaprio branded Trump's decision to exit the deal "deeply discouraging"

“Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change, and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths,” DiCaprio writes. “It is time for all of us to stand up, organize, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action.”

Read more: Meet the women who have made it their business to be living, breathing brands

He suggests beginning by supporting these organisations on the front lines of environmental activism:

1. Indivisible Guidehttps://www.indivisibleguide.com/act-locally
2. NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)https://www.nrdc.org
3. Resistance Manual: https://www.resistancemanual.org/Climate_/_Environment
4. Stand Up Americahttps://www.standupamerica.com/act
5.Take action on https://www.beforetheflood.com/act


Environmental protesters campaign in Paris, ahead of the ground-breaking 2015 accord

The Paris Agreement, signed at the Paris climate conference in 2015, saw governments from 195 countries across the world unite in creating policies that would help achieve climate neutrality before the end of the century.

It laid the foundation for a low-carbon future by agreeing measures that would limit global warming to well below 2°C; a crucial step to mitigating the dangerous and accelerating effects of climate change.

It was also significant because it represented a shift in governments – rather than grassroots charities and campaign groups - taking the lead on reducing emissions.

Read more: Stylist investigates whether modern society is going back in time

Trump believes the deal would impoverish the US. "We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore - and they won't be,” he said.

UN chief Antonio Guterres's spokesman called his decision to withdraw "a major disappointment" while the European Union said it was "a sad day for the world".

DiCaprio has campaigned for years on the issue of climate change.

According to the Guardian, he began worrying about biodiversity and species loss as a youngster. The 42-year-old famously used his Oscars acceptance speech for best actor in The Revenant last year to urge world leaders to reject “the politics of greed”.

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating,” he said.

Former US president Barack Obama, who agreed to the Paris accord, accused Trump of  “rejecting the future”.

Photos: Rex Features


wild water swimming.jpg

Balm for the soul: the mental health benefits of wild swimming

heineken 2.PNG

The innovative beer advert trying to bring people together


Five badass women fighting for reproductive rights you need to know


The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Ellen Degeneres’ sweet anniversary message to Pink keeping it real

by Nicola Colyer
17 Aug 2017

Chris Brown tried to excuse his attack on Rihanna, and it’s not OK

“Violence is a choice he made – and he alone is responsible for it”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Serena Williams on how skin colour affects what people think of her

“I feel like people think I’m mean”

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

This Hocus Pocus star’s pregnancy announcement is pure 90s perfection

“I smell children…”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Anna Faris on knowing when to call time on an unhappy relationship

“Don’t be afraid to seek your independence”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Why Taylor Swift’s sexual assault verdict is a victory for womankind

The pop star has completely changed the narrative

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton defends Donald Trump from sexual assault allegations

“I think [the women] are just trying to get attention and get fame...”

by Moya Crockett
16 Aug 2017

The personality trait that Mindy Kaling hopes to pass on to her baby

Kaling gets real about motherhood as she confirms her pregnancy

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton describes the emotional fallout of her 2001 sex tape

“I could not leave my house for months”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017

Taylor Swift wins sexual assault case for “anyone who feels silenced”

“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017