Leo’s “Do as I Say, Not as I Do” Brand of Environmentalism
Leonardo DiCaprio took a private jet from France to New York to accept an award for his environmental activism. Then, he took another private jet back to France the next day.
So, he's a jet-setter. Why is that a problem. Well, it's a problem because, as the award should have been a hint, Leo is one of the world's most well-know advocate for the environment. It's problematic when you're telling people they should reduce their own carbon-footprint and advocating for things like increased gasoline tax.
Here's what a rep for DiCaprio had to say to US magazine, “He was asked to speak at both Riverkeeper and amfAR events, but the only way to attend the two fundraisers was to hitch a ride with flights that were already planned. Leo helped both events raise millions, donated his own funds, auctioned off his house and had speaking roles in both programs.”
Well that sounds reasonable. You know who else uses the best means available to them for convenience and to get things that are important to them accomplished? EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE WORLD, that's who. A famous actor or a former Vice President can use the rationale that what they're doing is so important that the good outweighs the bad and that the ends justify the means. But how is that different from a person who drives to work and back every day and really can't afford to pay an extra 2 dollars per gallon in environmental taxes. Wouldn't you say they are also doing what they can to get things accomplished? It's a great example of preaching but not practicing. Leo and other should recognize that when they fly on private jets or rent luxurious yachts (Leo just rented the world's fifth largest yacht to take him to the Olympics) you lose your moral high ground.
I agree with the scientific consensus on man-made global warming. I thing we should be doing things to keep the environment healthy and sustainable. I just with the movement's biggest mouthpieces would realize what a turn-off it is to people when they see them saying one thing but doing another.