Leonardo DiCaprio breezes through COP26 security to rub shoulders with heads of state
DiCaprio’s visit to Glasgow follows news of his partnership with Prince Harry to end oil and gas drilling in the Okavango River Basin in Africa
Even in Glasgow, it’s good to be Leonardo DiCaprio.
The “Titanic” star turned environmental activist is attending the COP26 climate summit, and while security barred dozens of conference delegates from the rollout of the global methane pledge, DiCaprio made it inside with heads of state.
DiCaprio at one point spoke on the sidelines with White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, who helped develop the methane action plan the U.S. unveiled Tuesday.
U.S. President Joe Biden and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen joined world leaders in a drive to recruit nations to the first-ever pact to reduce emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas.
DiCaprio’s visit to Glasgow follows news of his partnership with Prince Harry to end oil and fas drilling in the Okavango River Basin in Africa.
The Titanic star, as well as actors Forest Whitaker and Djimon Hounsou, are working with the Duke of Sussex and conservationists to save the river system that provides water to nearly one million people, as well as surrounding wildlife, in Angola, Namibia, and Botswana.
They are opposing an action by bosses at Reconnaissance Energy Africa, a Canadian oil and gas company, who began drilling in the Okavango River Basin in 2020, despite objections and concern from local communities.
Leonardo posted a video to his Instagram on 15 October, calling for fans to sign an open letter calling for an end to drilling for fossil fuels in the region.
He and chiefs at his organisation re:wild, who work to protect and restore wildlife around the world, released a statement on Wednesday (20Oct21) that reads, “Re:wild stands with the people of the Okavango River Basin, who depend on the health of the watershed for their survival. ReconAfrica is poised to pollute their farms and destroy a beautiful landscape – one that benefits all life on Earth – forever. Join us by signing the open letter at the link in bio. Together, we can #SaveTheOkavango. For all wildkind.”
Also at stake is the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site recognised for its biodiversity, and two Ramsar wetland areas.