The Hour Is Near

April 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Leonardo DiCaprio: actor, activist

Leonard DiCaprio
Environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in southeast Iceland. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

If you go to leonardodicaprio.com, you will find that it is split down the middle. The left half is labeled “Leonardo,” and will bring you up-to-date on his filmmaking career. The right half is his “Eco-Site”; it offers guides to various environmental concerns, tips on differences anyone can make, and links to dozens of green organizations and information.

Leonardo DiCaprio is as inspiring off screen with environmental activism as he is capitvating on screen with his epic portfolio from acting career. One film of his you may not be so familiar with is The 11th Hour, a 2007 documentary created by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. It takes a look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s ecosystems. Well worth a watch if you haven’t already. You can read a longer review on IMBD.

The 11th hour

An excerpt from the film…

So, we find ourselves on the brink. It’s clear humans have had a devastating impact on our planet’s ecological web of life. Because we’ve waited, because we’ve turned our backs on nature’s warning signs, and because our political and corporate leaders have consistently ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence, the challenges we face are that much more difficult. We are in the environmental age whether we like it or not. So, what does the future look like? We know the United States, the greatest consumer and source of waste, needs to make a transition to a greener future, but will our pivotal generation create a sustainable world in time? What will guide this massive change? And does nature hold the answers we need to help restore our planet’s resources, protect our atmosphere, and therefore help all life survive? —Leonardo DiCaprio

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§ One Response to The Hour Is Near

  • emmalaw says:

    I didn’t know anything about this side of DiCaprio, this looks like one to add to the ‘must watch’ list.

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