Leonardo DiCaprio has been a household name for some time, being one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood with a string of hits behind him like Titanic and The Departed, but few people may know about a cause the actor has been devoted to for a considerable amount of time: Climate change. He has even interviewed the former vice president turned environmental activist, Al Gore, about what can be done to combat man-driven climate change and collective actions that people can take together as citizens of the world.
Now, DiCaprio has been appointed the UN representative on climate change, a decision that was praised by its Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as a “perfect match.” Moon hopes that the actor’s stardom will put a human face on climate change and reach out to a number of people who have not yet realized the urgency to act. Taking action against climate change has long been a standing issue among international governments. A number of treaties have proven difficult to enforce.
While the science behind climate change may be difficult to grasp for some, someone like DiCaprio may be the person needed to help express the science behind climate change and its unpredictability in layman’s terms. However, this may also seem like a controversial move to some people, as the actor does not have a scientific background and may degrade the movement’s credibility. At the end of the month, DiCaprio will address the opening of a climate summit in New York City as one of his first duties.