WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio attended the 2019 Global Citizen’s Festival, honoring the significant efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030.
- DiCaprio took the stage to speak about the current climate movement, getting candid about President Trump’s “insulting” tweet to teen activist Greta Thunberg.
- “Are we going to react to the climate movement with insulting tweets?” he asked.
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio attended the 2019 Global Citizen’s Festival, a gathering which honored the significant efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030.
On Saturday, the Academy award-winning actor surprised the 60,000 people who gathered in Manhattan’s Central Park by taking the stage to speak about the current climate movement. DiCaprio also expressed gratitude for youth climate activists while bringing out three young leaders — Alexandria Villaseñor, Xiye Bastida, and Selina Neirok Leem, who “who are powering the movement from the frontlines.”
In his speech, the 44-year-old actor got candid about President Donald Trump’s “insulting” tweet to 16-year-old Greta Thunberg hours after she delivered a passionate speech to the United Nations Climate Action Summit last week.
Trump appeared to mock the teen activist in his sarcastic tweet saying: “[s]he seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
“As these young people have been standing up for their right to survive, surprisingly some have reacted to this movement with insulting tweets and negative talking points, individuals that seem to care more about their own self-interests than about your future, but we know that the climate youth movement is more important than at any time in human history,” DiCaprio said on stage.
“Are we going to react to the climate movement with insulting tweets?” he asked.
He continued by stating that the “facts are clear and unless you live in an alternate reality, there is no more time for denial.”
“Last Friday, young people led the world in strike…Millions of brave individuals did more than simply walk out of their school and places of employment.”