Leonardo DiCaprio Pauses Private Jets, Yachting With Oil-Rich Sheikhs To Join People’s Climate March
It’s been a crazy, busy, gas-guzzling summer for Leonardo DiCaprio, the famous actor and environmental activist.
On Sunday, as the summer wound down, the mega-rich DiCaprio (estimated net worth: $220 million) was in New York City to join a mile-long swath of protesters for the People’s Climate March, reports the Daily Mail.
At the very beginning of this summer, in mid-June, DiCaprio jetted into Brazil on a private plane to take in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup.
While in Brazil, the 39-year-old plump playboy stayed on a 470-foot yacht owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, according to Arab News. The glitzy yacht, called the Topaz, is the fifth-biggest yacht on earth. The fancypants vessel boasts a gym, a movie theater, two helipads and three swimming pools.
Sheikh Mansour, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, has a net worth of over $30 billion. That staggering wealth comes primarily from oil. Mansour leads the International Petroleum Investment Company. Many of his other business interests are also oil-related. (And he owns the Manchester City Football Club.)
Mansour, DiCaprio and 21 of DiCaprio’s friends traveled in the $400 million yacht to Sao Paulo for the first World Cup game between Brazil and Croatia. Despite the belly, DiCaprio looked stunning, according to Arab News. He was wearing a Brazilian flag-themed scarf.
After the soccer match, DiCaprio was spotted strolling the beach with two women.
At the climate-change march on Sunday in New York City, DiCaprio marched with an estimated 100,000 other protesters including Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The mid-day march, through midtown Manhattan along Central Park, occurred just two days before a United Nations summit on Tuesday at which world leaders will discuss how to decrease carbon emissions that scientists concerned about global warming believe threaten the environment.
Protesters held signs saying things such as “keep the oil in the ground” and “stop tar sands.”
“Climate change is an existential threat to New Yorkers and our planet,” Mayor de Blasio said, according to the Mail. “Acting now is nothing short of a moral imperative.”
According to The New York Times, air travel is an egregious “environmental sin” — the worst one committed by most members of the hoi polloi. A round-trip, commercial flight from New York to, say, San Francisco creates about three tons of carbon dioxide per passenger, the Times estimates, and those three tons equal about 15 percent of the annual warming effect registered by a typical American.
The distance from New York City to Rio de Janeiro is close to twice the distance from New York to San Francisco.
The Times does not delve into the increased carbon dioxide per passenger caused by private jets, or huge yachts.
Similar climate change parades took place across the globe in many countries including Belgium, India, Turkey and Australia.