The environment has always been close to the Great Gatsby star’s heart (he has already pledged millions to save tigers in Nepal) so it’s only natural that his first public engagement under his new role would be to lead a talk about climate change at a global summit in New York next week.
“I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history – it is a moment for action,” DiCaprio said.
“How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.
“Leonardo DiCaprio is not just one of the world’s leading actors,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added. “He has also a long-standing commitment to environmental causes, including through his foundation.”
A long-time champion of environmental awareness, DiCaprio founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998.
He joins the likes of Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson, both of whom represent different organisations within the UN