On Wednesday, Leonardo DiCaprio and his associates met with Donald Trump in Trump Tower to discuss climate change, naturally. This was, of course, the same day the president-elect reportedly tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — a fierce opponent of climate change arguments — to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Climate change has become a hotly contested policy topic for the Trump transition team. After all, the Donald has changed course several times but appears to be trying to hear as many voices on the topic as possible. With Pruitt’s announced appointment as EPA head honcho, however, the future doesn’t look too bright for those attempting to combat human-caused climate change.
Hence why DiCaprio tried using his star power to convince Trump otherwise. The Oscar-winning actor has championed environmental causes for some time — most recently via a documentary on the subject he co-produced, titled Before the Flood. According to CNN, DiCaprio met with Trump on Wednesday to discuss to the subject, its many dangers and the possible solutions currently under consideration:
“We presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework … that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, said in a statement. “Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”