Leonardo DiCaprio has met with Greta Thunberg, calling the 16-year-old ‘a leader of our time’ and revealing the two campaigners have ‘made a commitment to support one another’.
The Oscar winning actor – who has been widely criticized for his use of private jets despite his interest in environmental causes – said it was an ‘honor’ to speak with the climate activist, posting an image of the two of them together on Friday.
In an Instagram post Leo said he hopes Greta’s message is ‘a wake up call to world leaders’, adding that the schoolgirl makes him ‘optimistic about what the future holds’.
It comes as Greta took to her own social media pages pleading for help in getting to the United Nations’ COP25 climate change summit.
She had been heading to Chile but after a location change from Santiago to Madrid she has ‘traveled half around the world, the wrong way’.
Greta, who refuses to travel by plane for environmental reasons, wrote: ‘Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November… If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful.’
In September DiCaprio, who used his acceptance speech at the 2016 Academy Awards to urge lawmakers to ‘stop procrastinating’ about the issues surrounding climate change, came out in support of Greta at a New York conference.
But he has been criticized in the past for his use of private jets. In 2014 emails hacked from film studio Sony, it was revealed he took six private flights in just six weeks which cost $177,550. This travel included two round trips from Los Angeles to New York, and one from LA to Las Vegas.