Letter to Leonardo DiCaprio

Hello Mr. DiCaprio. We watched your documentary called before the flood, concerning climate change and I think it was well made, but I also got concerned about my own and everybody else´s future. The movie was made in 2016 and some things have changed since then:

  • Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement.
  • UN Says we have 12 years to reduce carbon emissions.

Donald Trump is non-accepting of the science of climate change, furthermore, a lot of Americans are climate skepticists. Having Donald J. Trump as their leader might be unhealthy because he could be seen as a role model by some. He was targeted by the lobbyists from oil companies. That was a factor in why Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement.

Reports from the UN says that we have 12 years to reduce our carbon emissions by 40-50% by 2030 in order to prevent irreparable damage to our earth. The UN´s goal in terms of climate change is to keep the earth going up no further than 1,5 Celsius. The threshold is 2 degrees Celsius. As you talked about in the documentary the US is a big cO2 consumer and in order to make this realistic, the USA is essential.

I have one question for you:

What can the average high school student do to fight climate change?

 

Climate change is the biggest problem of the 21st century and I think the governments of the world needs to come together to solve this challenge. Thank you for reading.

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