Climate change celebrity activist Leonardo DiCaprio is being called a “hypocrite” for taking an extended vacation on a superyacht that burns more carbon in a mile than a passenger vehicle does in two months.
“Climate change is real; it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating,” DiCaprio said during his 2016 acceptance speech for his role in “The Revenant.” “Let us not take this planet for granted.”
Apparently the “urgent threat” of climate change is not foreboding enough to make the Hollywood superstar pass up a vacation in the Caribbean on a superyacht.
DiCaprio, 47, his latest 24-year-old girlfriend, Al Pacino’s stepdaughter, Camila Morrone, and a group of friends have been lazing around on the largest yacht ever manufactured in Great Britain since New Year’s Eve.
The star and his pals have been tooling around the coast of St. Barts on the Vava II, which belongs to Swiss pharmaceutical billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, and boasts a theater, gym, swimming pool, amongst other amenities.
But that’s not all, the 315 foot, $125 million yacht can travel 5,000 nautical miles on a single fill-up of carbon combusting diesel fuel, and emits as much C02 in around six miles, that a car releases into the atmosphere in an entire year.
DiCaprio, who is a UN climate change ambassador, recently said that his latest film, “Don’t Look Up,” isn’t really about an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, it’s an allegory for climate change.
“If you do a film about climate change, it’s nearly impossible to get people to get a sense of urgency and hold a mirror to our culture and media and politics and all of these things,” he explained.
“And I just felt like this was an incredible gift to be a part of a movie that encapsulated exactly what we’re going through at this particular moment in time.”
To the actor’s credit, at least if he’s going to spend time on the sea, he’s not traveling very far. A tracking website revealed that the yacht has been only traveling a mile a day for the duration of DiCaprio’s stay.