In a recent Instagram post, Leonardo DiCaprio praised the teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg as a “leader of our time” following their first meeting.
DiCaprio has remained prominent in terms of environmental awareness, as the star addressed the issue in a UN speech earlier, claiming that, "The time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet is now. You can make history or be vilified by it. Climate change is not a hysteria, it is a fact."
Yesterday the star uploaded a picture of himself with the 16-year-old activist with the caption, "There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but Greta Thunberg has become a leader of our time."
He continued to speak Thunberg's language as he relayed that the future will blame us, “History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted.
He continued to reiterate her message deeming it as a "wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over.”
The 44-year-old Academy Award winner, who most recently starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, said he was “optimistic about what the future holds” thanks to Thunberg and young activists like her.
His praises did not cease, even as he concluded his post “It was an honour to spend time with Greta, she and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet.”
DiCaprio also highlighted the issue during his acceptance speech at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016.
He said: “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.”
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