DiCaprio calls Greta Thunberg ‘leader of our time’

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LOS ANGELES: Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has paid tribute to teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, describing her as a “leader of our time.”
On Friday, the actor uploaded two photographs on Instagram showing himself beside Thunberg in a garden.
“There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but Greta Thunberg has become a leader of our time,” DiCaprio wrote in the caption, following his first meeting with the 16-year-old from Sweden.
“History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted,” said DiCaprio, who shared photographs of himself with the teen.
“I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over,” he added. “It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds.”

 

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There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time. History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted. I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over. It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet. #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike @fridaysforfuture

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The Revenant star went on to describe how he hopes world leaders see Thunberg’s message as a “wake-up call”.
“It was an honor to spend time with Greta,” DiCaprio concluded. “She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet.”
The actor added that this marks the beginning of a working relationship with Thunberg to amplify their respective environmental work.
“She and I have made a commitment to support one another,” he concluded, “in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet.”
The post has already garnered more than three million likes, with thousands of comments praising the duo.
One person described Thunberg and DiCaprio as an “unstoppable team” while many others described them as “inspirational”.
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Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” movement, which calls on students to strike from school one day per week, has spread around the world.
She sailed to the US for the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September and is now touring North America. On Friday, Thunberg joined a climate protest in Los Angeles.
DiCaprio last month used his address at the Global Citizen Festival in New York to blast President Donald Trump and other world leaders who “have failed to live up” to the promises of the Paris accord, which Trump withdrew the US from in 2017.
“Our future is being gambled away, and our leaders, those whom we entrust to protect us and set the example, are either failing to stop these dangerous trends or, in some cases, denying the very science of this climate catastrophe,” said the actor.
“Unless you live in an alternate reality, there’s no more time for denial,” he added. “A carbon-neutral future is the only way we will inherit a planet capable of sustaining life on Earth as we know it.”
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