FORT MCMURRAY (The News Desk) — Claiming that the situation was a “complete environmental disaster,” actor and prominent environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio pointed to temperatures in downtown Fort McMurray, Alta. on Tuesday as further proof of man-made climate change.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the city of Fort McMurray today, which is currently experiencing an unprecedented amount of global warming,” said DiCaprio of the massive wildfire that engulfed the city on Tuesday.
“What this proves is that climate change isn’t just some faraway thing — it’s real, and it’s happening right now, in cities like Fort McMurray.”
DiCaprio, who often travels around the world documenting climate change in his capacity as a UN Ambassador of Peace, took a helicopter ride around the city on Tuesday to observe the extent of the destruction.
“This is it. This is what I’m talking about,” said DiCaprio, referring to temperature readings for downtown Fort McMurray, which reached upwards of 800 C on Tuesday evening.
“According to my personal projections, if this trend continues, global average temperatures could reach 100,000 degrees Celsius in less than 10 years.”
When asked to comment on the evacuation effort in the city, DiCaprio took to task those who continue to deny the existence of man-made climate change.
“There is no running away from the realities of climate change. We have to stand our ground and face it head-on, before it’s too late.” ♦
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