DiCaprio backs Cut the Carbon march

Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged his support for Christian Aid’s Cut the Carbon rally in Cardiff on Saturday September 8.

Mr DiCaprio’s documentary film The 11th Hour, which explores issues of global warming and climate change, will be released on Friday 17 August in the United States.

On hearing about Christian Aid’s Cardiff event, the latest part of the 1,000 mile Cut the Carbon march, DiCaprio, star of The Departed, Blood Diamond and Catch Me If You Can, said: I’m very proud to support Christian Aid and Stop Climate Chaos in this effort. These rallies are a critical step in bringing much-needed attention to the damage global warming is doing now to the world’s poorest countries. As I learnt while making the documentary The 11th Hour, it’s going to take all of us to work to curb carbon emissions, so I urge people to register their support and pressure governments to change by going to the Cut the Carbon march.

Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest figure to lend his support to the march, which aims to highlight the impact of global warming and encourage members of the public to make a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.

Actress Greta Scacchi will appear at the rally in Cardiff on 8 September, which will be compered by Maggot of Goldie Looking Chain and Radio One DJ Beth Elfyn. Performers will include Welsh folk singer Gwyneth Glyn, samba band Rhythms of the City and singer Terra Naomi, who was personally selected to perform at the Wembley Stadium leg of Live Earth after her song about global warming was aired on YouTube.

Paul Brannen, head of campaigns at Christian Aid, said: Climate change is the most serious threat to humanity. Poor people in the least developed countries are already dying as a result of floods, droughts and conflict over already scarce resources, such as water, that are becoming scarcer as the planet heats up. We need people to come to Cardiff, to join our rally and to help us take action to tackle climate change. We must act now. We need to commit to reduce our emissions, through individual action and by putting pressure on the UK government to pursue climate friendly national and international policies.

If you want to get involved but don’t want to don your walking boots, join in the virtual march at www.christianaid.org.uk/carbonmarch

For more information on the Climate march go to Cut the Carbon

For more information on the 11th hour go to Leonardo DiCaprio’s ecosite

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