Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation have met with Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centering on preserving the environment can boost the economy.
Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, confirmed the meeting Wednesday at Trump Tower in a statement to The Associated Press.
Tamminen says he and DiCaprio presented Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and other members of Trump's team with a "framework" on how focusing on renewable, clean energy could create millions of job.
“Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework — which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism — that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” Tamminen said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”
The 90-minute meeting comes after Trump picked Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has said he's skeptical of climate change and opposes President Obama’s measures to curb global warming.
DiCaprio has been a strong advocate of fighting climate change and preserving wildlife. His recent documentary, Before the Flood, addresses the peril that the world faces because of climate change.
When the Oscar-winning actor met with Ivanka Trump a few days ago and then yesterday with the president-elect, he presented them with a copy of the film.