"It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds," wrote DiCaprio on his social media.
Two of the most prominent faces that are fighting the battle against climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio and Greta Thunberg are now teaming up. The 16-year-old Swedish activist and the renowned actor recently got together and it looks like the teenager has left quite an impact on the actor. DiCaprio took to Instagram on Friday to share photographs from the duo's encounter where he praised the young Swede for the work she has been doing to raise awareness and hold world leaders accountable for the planet's future.
"There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time. History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted," the Titanic star captioned his post. DiCaprio also expressed hope that Greta's steadfast activism would act as a "wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over."
"It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere that I am optimistic about what the future holds. It was an honor to spend time with Greta. She and I have made a commitment to support one another, in hopes of securing a brighter future for our planet. #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike @fridaysforfuture," the celeb concluded. It didn't take long before the post went viral on social media, garnering more than 4,430,000 likes in just a few hours.
DiCaprio's post about meeting Greta came around the same time Greta turned to her social media followers for help getting to the United Nations’ COP25 climate change summit after the event was moved from Santiago to Madrid. The teen, who refuses to travel by plane for environmental reasons, took to social media platform Instagram to write: "As #COP25 has officially been moved from Santiago to Madrid I’ll need some help. It turns out I’ve traveled half around the world, the wrong way:)"
Greta added: "Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November... If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful. I’m so sorry I will not be able to visit South and Central America this time, I was so looking forward to this. But this is of course not about me, my experiences or where I wish to travel. We’re in a climate and ecological emergency. I send my support to the people in Chile. (This, of course, no problem. People are suffering all around the world, and I'm fine whatever I do and wherever I am."