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Environment and Hollywood

Updated on February 27, 2018

Alberta Bound

Alberta, Canada, has come under fire for the Oil sands, over the last number of years. As you read this, please understand that I am not an Environmentalist, nor am I Pro Oil.

Facts and fiction surround this debate, depending on who, and what your personal beliefs are.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a motto for most people today, and that is the start to changing our future.

As for the Oil Sands in this depiction, land reclamation has become an essential focus. One can look at pictures of the damage and destruction, or they can find the forest growth of reclaimed lands. (This depends on where you’re looking, and whose propaganda you’re following).

The Oil Sands has been referred to as Dirty Oil, by famous celebrities. Some of them have either changed their perception, recently, or they have spoken out with uninformed examples. There is one such person that has not only spoken out of context, they are also a tad hypocritical of their stance.

Land Reclamation

Opinions of the famous

Leonardo DiCaprio has been a major source of ‘public’ opinion regarding the Alberta Oil Sands, and environmental concerns across the globe. Admired, and respected for his Global dedication to the environment, he is truly someone to listen to.

“Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is ruffling feathers in Alberta after becoming the latest celebrity to visit the province and shine a critical spotlight on Canada’s oil sands.

Both the Alberta government and the oil industry came to the defence of the oil sands after Mr. DiCaprio travelled Friday to Fort McMurray, the heart of the oil-sands industry, as well as to the small community Fort Chipewyan, which has drawn world attention to health and environmental concerns.

The purpose of the trip was to reportedly research a documentary, but The Wolf of Wall Street actor has already staked a high-profile position as an environmentalist and critic of big oil. A video released last week, narrated by Mr. DiCaprio, warns about climate change and depicts the fossil-fuel industry as a robotic monster stomping over the Earth.

“They drill, they extract, making trillions of dollars,” Mr. DiCaprio says about the industry, in the video titled 'Carbon'. “We must fight to keep this carbon in the ground.”


The Globe and Mail

Published Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 9:24PM EDT

Last updated Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 9:30PM EDT

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, founded in 1998, has been at the forefront of Environmental Change. In January 2016, Mr. DiCaprio won the World Economic Forum Crystal Award for his efforts.

"Climate change is severely impacting the health of our planet and all of its inhabitants, and we must transition to a clean energy economy that does not rely on fossil fuels, the main driver of this global problem". — Leonardo DiCaprio

Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk

Now we have Mr. DiCaprio’s general opinion at this point. Where exactly does his stance fall apart?

Let us start with the Topaz Yacht that he borrowed from his friend Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

The yacht itself contains a minimum of two Diesel Powered engines that averages 3 miles per gallon. YIKES! This goes against three of his main concentrations with his foundation.

  1. Ocean Conservation
  2. Fossil Fuel
  3. Climate Change

Add in a private jet that flies him to various Environment Forums, and movie sets, there are some discrepancies to his own Foundations Goals. As well, his 'tour' of the Alberta Oil Sands was in a Helicopter. Both of these run on a fuel known as Aviation Turbine Fuel, a Petroleum (fossil fuel) product, and burns 23-405 gallons per hour, depending on size, weight, and speed.

Keeping Friends Close

Mr. DiCaprio slanders Alberta Oil, and yet, his friend, Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has many interests within the Oil & Petroleum industry within the United Arab Emirates Community. Here are a few of them:

  1. Chairman International Petroleum Investment Company PJSC
  2. Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
  3. Abu Dhabi National Chemicals Company

Bloomberg, April 2016

As well as many other interests in this sector.

If Mr. DiCaprio has an issue with fossil fuel usage, and oil production itself, why is he rubbing shoulders with one of the largest oil producers in the world? Why is he using a Yacht, of all things, owned by the same man, and why is he not speaking out against the United Arab Emirates in the same manner as he is Alberta?

Carbon Emissions

MtCO2 is the Metric tons of Carbon Dioxide used calculate Carbon Emissions (by fossil fuels) that cause Global Warming.

In the Global Carbon Atlas, the fossil fuels used to measure these emissions are: Coal, Gas, Oil, Gas Flaring, and Cement. There are various ways to break down the territories provided in the information given such as:

  1. By Territory / Country
  2. By Product
  3. By Person

The map itself is very eye opening. When one considers the size of territory, mass and population, the MtCO2 index, and Air Quality index, it gives a whole new perspective of where the problems lie.

As a World Community, we need to start with the largest offenders, solve the problems, come up with viable solutions, and start towards a healthier world.

World Air Quality Ratings chart

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The World Air Quality Index (AQI) is brought to you by

The traditonal 0-500 AQI scale, based on the US EPA standard, is used for indexing the pollution.
AQIPollution LevelHealth Implications

  • 0 - 50 Good Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk
  • 51-100 Moderate Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • 101- 150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
  • 151- 200 Unhealthy Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects
  • 201- 300 Very UnhealthyHealth warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
  • 300+ Hazardous Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

Alberta falls well within the Green Zone, with the Oil Sands area hitting 15-29 most days, while the United Arab Emirates comes in the Yellow Zone at 64.

Most of China is in the Red Zone of unhealthy air quality.

Check the link below to see World view Map

© 2016 Shaunna Jones Leclair


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