President Barack Obama to Meet With Leonardo DiCaprio for Conversation on Climate Change


President Barack Obama will meet with Leonardo DiCaprio for a publicized conversation about climate change next month, the White House announced Sunday.

The discussion will also include climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and take place on Monday, Oct. 3 for South by South Lawn, a play on SXSW that refers to a “festival of ideas, art, and action” taking place at the White House.

The conversation will revolve around “the importance of protecting the one planet we’ve got for future generations,” and it will be followed by a screening of DiCaprio’s National Geographic documentary Before the Flood, making its U.S. debut on the South Lawn.

Directed by Fisher Stevens, the film chronicles DiCaprio’s international campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change as a U.N. Ambassador of Peace. The actor also made the topic a centerpiece of his Oscar acceptance speech earlier this year.

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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly, Nick Romano