Leonardo DiCaprio has never been shy about his environmentalism, even using his first Oscar acceptance speech to address climate change. Still, DiCaprio has consistently struggled to practice what he preaches, and last week was no exception.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, DiCaprio traveled from the Cannes Film Festival to New York City – and back, only days later – in private jets to accept an award at the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball.
One environmental analyst said DiCaprio’s jet-setting “diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions.”
A Core News analysis of DiCaprio’s private flights, using data from Carbon Footprint, suggests Leo was responsible for at least three metric tons of CO2 emissions last week. That would make his carbon footprint from a few days of activity more than the average Brazilian, Indian, or Costa Rican emits in a year.
DiCaprio also has a long history of doing more damage to the environment than the audience he preaches to.
The actor spent last year’s Cannes Film Festival on the eleventh-largest yacht in the world, worth over $200 million. DiCaprio also “borrowed” the fifth-largest yacht in the world to celebrate the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the same year, DiCaprio spent $23 million over a few months on large properties around the country, including a $10 million apartment in New York City and a “six-bedroom mansion” in California.
Keep up with Core News to see where Leo jets off to for his next environmental award!