The renowned Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio visited a village in Haryana to see the impact of catastrophic and unseasonal climate changes that has affected poor farmers in the area. Playing the role of a climate activist, he held an extensive discussion over climate change, poverty, preventing environment and increasing use of renewable sources of energy.
The Titanic star visited India last week and attended a conference with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on climate change and its catastrophic effect. He visited Delhi and then went to Kheladi village in Mewat district of Haryana where he made a documentary with the environmentalist and GD of CSE, Sunita Narain.
“We wanted Leonardo to see the impact of unseasonal weather on farmers of our country. In Kheladi village, he saw acres of productive farmland that were still underwater because of extreme rain in mid-September. Farmers said that they did not know if this was climate change, but they told him that their experience of over 50 years in farming told them that there was something new and catastrophic afoot,” said a statement by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
Officials from the CSE further added that in the conference they discussed several climate issues with the DiCaprio and what changes we need to make in our lifestyle to protect our environment. DiCaptio witnessed women cooking food using cow dung (traditional way of cooking food in Indian village), however, what took him by surprise was that the women in houses with LPG connections were also using cow dungs to cook food as it is a lot cheaper when compared to other means. “We discussed the issues of energy poverty and how renewable energy could be the way ahead, but only if the world accepted that it needed to provide funds to make the transition,” the CSE official said.