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Leonardo DiCaprio meets with Donald Trump to discuss fighting climate change

Keystone / ET Canada

Leonardo DiCaprio has met U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to discuss preserving the environment and boosting the economy through green-centred jobs.

DiCaprio was joined by Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, at the Trump Tower in New York City for a 90-minute meeting with Trump, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and other members of the transition team.

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“Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework – which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism – that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centred on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” Tamminen said.

The former Secretary of California’s Environmental Protection Agency added, “Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of a commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”

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During the meeting, DiCaprio also reportedly gave Trump a copy of his climate change documentary, Before The Flood. The film, directed by Fisher Stevens, follows the Oscar-winner as he travels across five continents and the Arctic to speak with scientists, world leaders and activists about solving the complex issue at hand.

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This meeting with Trump comes directly after the U.S. President-elect appointed Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, as the head of his Environmental Protection Agency. Not only is America feeling the heat of this change, but Canada is as well.

Following Trump’s election win, Friends of the Earth Canada’s Senior Policy Advisor, John Bennett, told Kelly Crowe of CBC’s The Current that there will be “huge implications for not only Canadians, but for people around the world.”

“[Trump is] probably going to kill far more people by not acting on climate change than he will no matter what military operations he launches in the next four years,” he said, noting that Trump’s upcoming administration will most likely make it more difficult to implement a carbon tax.
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