DiCaprio warns of climate change threat as he accepts ‘Siberian Oscar’

The US actor warns that Yakutia – officially called the Sakha Republic – is ‘extremely vulnerable’ to global warming.

Leonardo DiCaprio expressed his heartfelt thanks to his fans who awarded him a people’s Oscar to go with the official one. It was made from gold and silver jewellery melted down after being gifted by his mainly female fans in Yakutia.

‘Thank you to the people of Yakutia for this wonderful gift, especially all of the women who gathered and donated the materials that went into creating the statue,’ said the US actor and environmental activist after the award was flown to him in the US.

Oscar for Leo

As they wrote in their letter, Yakutia is home to the coldest inhabited place not only in Russia, but also on Earth – and the region is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures pose a major threat to its people, their way of life and their natural habitat.’

At the real Oscar ceremony this year, DiCaprio – when he won the Best Actor award –  he used his acceptance speech to express his appreciation for the environment.

-more at  Siberian Times

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