Leonardo DiCaprio is being criticized for flying 8,000 miles on this week to accept an environmental award, despite his own warnings about man-made global warming.
DiCaprio rode on a private jet from the Cannes Film Festival in France to New York City on May 18 to receive an award at the Riverkeeper (clean water advocate group) Fishermen’s Ball, Page Six reports.
DiCaprio then reportedly flew back to France on May 19 to appear at the Cinema Against AIDS event where he delivered a speech.
His Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation promised this year to give $15 million to support environmental issues.
Robert Rapier, an environmental analyst, flagged DiCaprio's recent trips to Page Six and told the news outlet that DiCaprio's history of private jets and yachts "diminishes his moral authority to lecture others on reducing their own carbon emissions."
“[He] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow," Rapier said. "It’s because everyone loves the combination of cost and convenience they offer. Alternatives usually require sacrifice of one form or another. Everybody says, ‘I’ve got a good reason for consuming what I consume’ ... It’s the exact same rationalization for billions of people.”
An unidentified source who knows the actor said DiCaprio "hitched a ride with someone already flying back [and] to Cannes," and that
hitching a ride was the only way he could make it in time for both events."
DiCaprio flew on six private plane trips during April and May 2014, according to Sony emails that were hacked, Radar Online reported at the time. The emails included studio travel records, which WikiLeaks posted on the web.
DiCaprio flew from Los Angeles to New York on April 17, 2014 for a film meeting, and took a return flight on April 27, according to Sony's records.
DiCaprio then reportedly flew the same route again on May 4, and returned to Los Angeles on May 31. Later on the 31st, he flew from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for an eight-hour stay and then came back, noted Radar Online.
DiCaprio accepted an environmental honor, the Mediation Division award, from Prince Albert II of Monaco, and then cruised the Mediterranean on his yacht to locations in France and Italy, the Daily Mail reported in July 2015.