Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has taken to his Twitter to promote his opposition against tar sands oil production in Alberta, Canada.
The Oscar-nominated star was in the Great White North visiting the oil sands to do research for an environmental documentary, along with Sierra Club, a well-established grassroots environmental organization that has worked to pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. The organization is now working towards leading the change against the usage of fossil fuels, a cause that is near and dear to DiCaprio’s heart.
On his Twitter, DiCaprio linked to Sierra Club’s petition against the tar sands, calling on Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to stop their expansion. According to the petition, the tar sands is the “dirtiest oil on Earth,” and is “Canada’s fastest-growing source of climate-disrupting carbon pollution.”
DiCaprio also pulled a Matt Damon by accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while in Alberta as well as spreading the word about tar sands. In a video posted on his Facebook page, DiCaprio said: “Learning more about the Canadian tar sands, its impact on our climate, and the way they affect the lands, water, and health of the indigenous communities that live here.”
He then called on Prime Minister Harper to take the challenge, who, unfortunately but predictably, declined.