Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film

By Lucy McCalmont for Politico
Published August 20, 2014

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.

“We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now,” DiCaprio says in his narration of “Carbon,” released Wednesday.

“If national governments won’t take action, your community can,” DiCaprio says. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future.”

DiCaprio, who also produced the eight-minute film along with Tree Media, has been vocal on environmental issues such as climate change. The film, which comes ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23, calls for an end to carbon pollution by considering options such as carbon trading or carbon taxes. The film points to similar steps taken in countries like Ireland and Finland.

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