WATCH: ‘Terrified’ Leonardo DiCaprio Warns Trump Administration ‘Will Be Vilified’ by History
DiCaprio tried to talk some sense into Trump- he failed
Following the formation of four major hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria) these past two months, and the subsequent human and economic damage they have caused to the United States, the debate of climate change has become ever more potent. While scientists cannot directly connect the hurricanes to the changes to the planet, they have noted that higher precipitation in the atmosphere results from global warming.
As one can expect, the current Trump Administration is not willing to budge on this issue. Trump made that very clear during the campaign trail when he declared that climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese Government for the purposes of destroying US manufacturing. Even if we were to give Trump the benefit of the doubt that he was only saying those things to win over conservative voters, his actions as President have been inexcusable, from his appointing of climate change denier Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA to bringing in former Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson into his Cabinet.
Many would argue that Trump should never have been trusted to begin with, but there were signs back then that he could be different. After all, Trump had been registered as a Democrat for eight years during the Bush Administration, and was different from the other candidates in that he did not completely pander to the disgusting Republican base in places like Iowa and even the RNC.
What is more is the fact that, in December 2016, the President-elect and his daughter Ivanka agreed to meet with two big environmental activists: Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Both reportedly tried to find common ground, with the latter even giving Ivanka a copy of his then-new documentary “Before the Flood.”
However, in a recent interview with former-Secretary of State John Kerry at the Yale Climate Conference, DiCaprio revealed that he attempted to persuade Trump by referencing the economic growth that could come from the US taking an initiative towards Climate Change. But evidently those efforts turned out to be fruitless as Trump had, unsurprisingly, lied straight-face to him. Even with these hurricanes devastating the countryside, he will continue to remain adamant against doing anything.
DiCaprio put it best when he described about how history will look back on Trump:
“We are going to look back at this point in history and, frankly, this administration and certain people are going to be vilified for not taking action. They really are.”
This is why it is up to the American People to take action. Pushing forward environmental initiatives at the local level, starting grassroots movements to change cities and even counties, and raising money to donate to groups like Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’s “Earth Guardians” that are actually fighting the Trump Administration at the legal level. Doing all of these things is what will make a difference, not waiting for Trump or his cronies to have a (LED) light bulb moment.
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