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Leonardo DiCaprio is joining the global push to move away from using fossil fuels in order to slow climate change.
Leonardo joined a group which includes over 2000 people and 400 institutions who are planning to back the push to get away from the global dependence on fossil fuels. These groups and individuals have assets in excess of $2.6 trillion.
“Climate change is severely impacting the health of our planet and all of its inhabitants,” Leonardo said in a statement. He also said the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will take a similar stance on the use of fossil fuels.
He said, “We must transition to a clean energy economy that does not rely on fossil fuels, the main driver of this global problem.”
Leonardo’s statements coincide with the U.S. visit of Pope Francis, in which the Pope spoke about climate change and environmentalism.
The actor has also recently invested in a trash startup called Rubicon Global, which uses software to manage an extensive network of waste haulers that bid on picking up garbage from various companies.
Leonardo has invested in other environmental tech companies. In 2012, he became an investor in the electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive and was one of their first customers too.
Rubicon Global did not disclose the amount of Leonardo’s investment in the company.