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Leonardo DiCaprio Tries Desperately to Be Modern Day Thoreau

In case you didn’t know, Leonardo DiCaprio has a new ecological documentary coming our titled the “11th Hour”. It is supposedly bad. Supremely bad. How bad? Well, when the co-founder of Greenpeace is calling your film a fraud you know that you’ve got a problem on your hands.

As a lifelong environmentalist, I say trees can solve many of the world’s sustainability challenges. Forestry is the most sustainable of all the primary industries that provide us with energy and materials. Rather than cutting fewer trees and using less wood, DiCaprio and Berman ought to promote the growth of more trees and the use of more wood. …

DiCaprio’s movie, The 11th Hour, is another example of anti-forestry scare tactics, this time said to be ‘brilliant and terrifying’ by James Christopher of the London Times.

  1. Vincent. says:

    Oops, that was supposed to read like this:

    Perhaps. But I also don

  2. Vincent. says:

    Perhaps. But I also don

  3. T says:

    Ooooh! Do you get to meet Leo? I’ve heard he’s fat.

  4. CJ Ciaramella says:

    Yeah, I came across Patrick Moore when I was researching my Info Hell project (the second time around). He wrote a book advocating for more clear-cutting of forests. On one hand, it almost makes sense. Clear-cutting recreates the temporary meadows that naturally occur after moderate to severe fires and can actually increase biodiversity. For example, the infamous spotted owl thrives in areas next to meadows or clearcuts. On the other hand, it was completely asinine.

    It’s pretty safe to say that Moore doesn’t represent the mainstream environmental movement. In fact, he’s pretty much the opposite.

  5. D says:

    Somehow, I am in charge of filling the seats for the opening of this crap carnival in Portland.
    DiCaprio is on the board of Global Green, who is both promoting the movie and a client of the company I work for. Yadda Yadda Yadda… They gave us (and other companies like us around the nation, I’m sure) nervous, short notice, to fill seats and fill them fast. The goal is to later promote a sold out opening weekend. As a really funny joke, we agreed and will pay for as many seats as we could give away. But after whoring what seems like a social studies 101 lecture today, I was only able to garner about 20 seats. I could probably give away tickets to a fun day in the bathroom with Senator Craig faster.

  6. T says:

    Perhaps. But I also don’t necessary disagree with his stances on nuclear power, or genetically modified food for that matter. That’s just me, though. His views can be considered “unorthodox” by some (the sorts of people who rationally refer to him as “Judas”), but that ascribes an orthodoxy to environmentalism, which I think is a little ridiculous. And sometimes founders of organizations leave, like MADD’s Candy Lightner, and they are forever branded traitors.

    Still, that’s a good catch on your part and I wish I had mentioned it myself.

  7. Vincent. says:

    I think it’s important to note that Patrick Moore, despite being co-founder of Greenpeace, has repeatedly come under criticism from his former allies in the environmental movement for being a “traitor” and a sellout.

    DiCaprio’s film may be a turgid piece of crap, but I don’t think Patrick Moore’s opinion really carries much, if any, weight in the environmentalist movement anymore, given that he’s become an object of intense scorn for his unorthodox views.

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