"It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds," said DiCaprio praising the teen.
Greta Thunberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, two of the most prominent voices in the climate change emergency, are teaming up to fight the good fight. The 16-year-old Swedish activist and the renown actor recently came face to face and Greta seems to have left quite the impression on the 44-year-old environmentalist during their meeting. The celeb took to Instagram on Friday to share photographs from the duo's encounter and praised the young Swede for the work she has been doing to raise awareness and hold world leaders accountable for the planet's future.
"There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time. History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted," the Titanic star captioned his post. DiCaprio expressed hope that Greta's tireless activism would be a "wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over."
"It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet. #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike @fridaysforfuture," the celeb concluded. The post quickly went viral on social media, garnering nearly 3,750,000 likes in a matter of hours.
DiCaprio's post came around the same time Greta turned to her social media followers for help getting to the United Nations’ COP25 climate change summit after the event was moved from Santiago to Madrid. The teen, who refuses to travel by plane for environmental reasons, wrote, "s #COP25 has officially been moved from Santiago to Madrid I’ll need some help. It turns out I’ve traveled halfway around the world, the wrong way:) Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November... If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful."
Greta added, "I’m so sorry I will not be able to visit South and Central America this time, I was so looking forward to this. But this is of course not about me, my experiences or where I wish to travel. We’re in a climate and ecological emergency. I send my support to the people in Chile. (This, of course, no problem. People are suffering all around the world, and I'm fine whatever I do and wherever I am.)"