Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has more than a few choice words for the federal government when it comes to carbon pollution in the new documentary, “Carbon.”
“We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now,” DiCaprio says in his narration of the doc, which was released Wednesday. It’s the first in a series of four short films on the climate crisis and solutions called Green World Rising.
The eight-and-a-half-minutes short, which was produced by DiCaprio along with Tree Media, doesn’t mince words. The Oscar-nominated star and climate scientists contend that carbon-based forms of energy are a “monster” that has created a detrimental surge in temperature on the earth’s surface, and that if we burn them, our planet is toast.
The film, which comes ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23, calls for an end to carbon pollution by considering options such as carbon trading or carbon taxes, as well as making sustainable forms of energy, such as wind power, cheaper.
The next three films are on slate to be released ahead of September’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York City. We’ll take any excuse to listen to DiCaprio’s voice, but for a cause that’s vitally important to our global community? Even better.