One of the top 50…

…individuals who can save our planet according to the Guardian is Leonardo DiCaprio, no less. Ignoring the fact that he has the face and fame of a hero, the 33 year old actor has become an “impassioned environmentalist”. Having loved “The Beach”, I was interested to read that it was during the making of that film that he became aware of the issues raised by the environmental protesters, who objected strongly to the relandscaping of an unspoilt beautiful Thai beach for the purposes of the film.

In 2000, he said “We must set an example now and move environmentalism from being the philosophy of a passionate minority…to a way of life that automatically integrates ecology into governmental policy and normal living standards.”

It’s taken us mere mortals a bit longer, but we’re catching up.

And now we can look forward to the release of his new documentary next month. “The 11th Hour” has been seen as a sequel to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and is a powerful challenge to all of us to protect the environment better.

Ethical hero? Maybe. Can he save the planet? Not single-handedly, that’s for sure. Can we …? We can try.

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