Our boy Leonardo DiCaprio turns 42 today. He’s been the object of our affection from childhood actor to serious teen contender to Oscar winner. Nevermind how long The Academy took to give him his well deserved accolades, Leo holds the title of the greatest actor of our generation hands down. But what makes him worth celebrating on this day is more than talent in method acting, it’s his humanity.
Leo has been a champion for the environment and the creatures who inhabit it for some time now. And what makes his philanthropic efforts stand out from the others is his relentless activism for Mother Earth. Somehow, between filming multiple movies through out the year and balancing his personal life, he finds the time to speak at UN Climate Change Summits, work to solve the endangered Elephant crisis and cultivate informing documentaries to teach us about our effect on the planet.
When does he sleep?
The answer for that, only the man himself knows. However with producer projects for upcoming films like Live By Night, Delirium, The Corporation, Robin Hood: Origins and Captain Planet, we don’t see where a nightly schedule of eight hour sleep fits. His latest producer credit Before The Flood–a raw documentary on the effects of climate change–has also been the subject behind his recent effort. It outlines an ecological nightmare and breaks down the cycle and effects of things we deem harmless and also grants us an outline what to do to assist the planet with care.
“I’ve been incredibly moved by so many climate change documentaries in the past, but I never felt that I saw one that articulated the science clearly to the public,” he said at a screening in London. “I think people grasp it, but it seems something distant, far off, intangible and almost otherworldly. An individual doesn’t feel like they can make an impact. The journey for me was to try and make a modern-day film about climate change. I’ve been studying this issue for the past 15 years, I’ve been watching it very closely. What’s incredibly terrifying is that things are happening way ahead of the scientific projections, 15 or 20 years ago.”
So, raise a glass of green juice in honor of Leo. Enjoy the last rays of sunshine before winter. Take a walk and admire the treasures our planet provides us on a daily basis–oxygen, water, the beauty and functions of nature. Then set some time aside to watch the documentary below to learn how to do your part to save the Earth. Leo will be proud.