Leonardo DiCaprio met with president-elect Donald Trump to discuss assembling a cabinet to focus on creating green jobs for America’s future.
Terry Tamminen, The former secretary of California’s Environmental Protection Agency and the head of DiCaprio’s LDF Foundation, said that the meeting consisted of presenting a plan to create an environmentally conscientious base for economic growth and drive job growth in a wide array of industries.
“We presented the president-elect and his advisers with a framework — which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism — that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure.” Terry Tamminen said.
On Monday, former vice-president Al Gore met with the president-elect and Ivanka Trump, who reportedly plans to speak out on climate change despite her father’s scepticism.
It came as Trump chose Scott Pruitt, attorney general of Oklahoma and a sceptic of climate change, as the next EPA administrator. Pruitt has much doubt on the scientific evidence that human activity is causing global warming because of his involvement in the fossil fuel industry. Meanwhile, the LDF Foundation has called for offshore and deep-water drilling to be “banned everywhere.”
At the end of the 90 min meeting, DiCaprio reportedly presented President-elect Trump with a copy of his new film Before the Flood, which uncovers the global warming and environmental crisis. The film captures DiCaprio on a journey as the UN Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic, to witness climate change firsthand. Trump said that he promised he would watch the documentary.
Before The Flood highlights expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. The film takes account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. The film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.
“The President-elect expressed his desire for a follow-up meeting with DiCaprio in January, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change, while putting millions of people to work at the same time. said Tamminen, head of the LDF Foundation.
Source: LA Times