Leonardo DiCaprio Talks Ocean Conservation but Rents Super Yacht to Party

leonardo dicaprioIn a classic case of do as I say and not as I do, superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, who is scheduled to talk about conservation at the State Department’s Our Ocean conference Tuesday morning, is reported to have borrowed one of the world’s largest super yachts in order to watch the World Cup in Brazil and party in style. DiCaprio, who became an instant global heartthrob for his role on the mega hit movie Titanic, is also known for his environmental activism.

DiCaprio, who recently starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, was invited by Secretary of State John Kerry to speak at the conference, which is said to be attended by senior government officials, renowned scientists and other environmental advocates. According to Kerry, DiCaprio has demonstrated continued dedication towards protecting the world’s oceans. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation recently awarded the advocacy group Oceana a $3 million grant to protect the ocean habitat and vital marine species.

Expressing pleasure at DiCaprio’s presence at the two-day conference, Kerry said,

Leo DiCaprio is lending his powerful voice to our call to action to work together to protect the world’s ocean.

DiCaprio, who will be introduced by Secretary Kerry, will speak after a short video message from President Barack Obama.

The hero of many global hits including The Great Gatsby, DiCaprio has repeatedly said that global warming is the top environmental challenge faced by humanity today and people have to do their part in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet. Yet, as he prepares for his presentation at the Ocean Conference, DiCaprio is said to have rented the Topaz, a 482-foot super yacht with an equally large carbon footprint, while staying in Brazil for the World Cup football tournament.

The fifth largest super yacht in the world, the $680 million vessel belongs to billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and owner of the football team, the Manchester City FC. The imposing yacht, which is docked in Rio de Janeiro, is the creation of British designer Tim Heywood, who has produced some of the world’s finest boats.

The majestic yacht is replete with luxurious features that include a top deck jacuzzi, opulent staterooms, a swimming pool, gym, movie theater and a large conference room. While there is no reason to get off the boat at all, if a passenger were in a rush, the yacht is equipped with two helipads, all the better for a quick getaway.

The stunning yacht, which is being used by DiCaprio and his 20-odd friends for their World Cup stay, is familiar grounds for the actor. In April this year, DiCaprio teamed up with Hollywood stars Jamie Foxx and Orlando Bloom to host an 80s-themed party on the Topaz, while it was docked in New York.

But all these luxuries come at an environmental cost. A super yacht like the Topaz can burn thousands of liters of marine diesel every hour as it cuts an impressive swatch through the ocean waters, leaving behind trails of smoke and tones of carbon dioxide. Additionally, such crafts can use up to 1000 liters a day or more just for its air-conditioning and electrical systems, according to Yacht Carbon Offset, a company that provides carbon offsetting for its seafaring clients.

Given DiCaprio’s investment in environmental causes and his presence at the ocean conservation talks, his decision to rent a super yacht in Brazil for partying and football watching, should raise some hackles among his activist colleagues and fans. The enormous carbon footprint of the highly visible Topaz and the celebrity environmental activism of DiCaprio make a potent combination that can be used for stringent criticism of the Hollywood megastar.

By Monalisa Gangopadhyay


The Washington Post


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10 Responses to "Leonardo DiCaprio Talks Ocean Conservation but Rents Super Yacht to Party"

  1. Ryan   March 1, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Says right in the article “Such crafts can burn a 1000 litres of fuel a day just to run the air conditioning and electrical systems”
    I personally don’t care what fuel he burns but don’t use celebrity status to preach to the world unless you are living in a cave.
    If you want to donate to help problems, no problem.
    We burn in imaginable amounts of fuel each day, just look at the aircraft industry, military, cars.
    It all adds up, but it is in fact still less harmful than the carbon foot print nature imposed on itself, it’s a lie we have been told that we feed on.

  2. Glen carney   January 21, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Anim8me2 is truly stupid , the boat had to be ordered by him and it crossed the ocean to get to the mooring location. So would have burned 1000″s of gallons of fuel . You are truly stupid.

  3. Elias   June 23, 2014 at 5:32 am

    No problem here, the world needs hundreds of leonardo . That has a concious, USA military does a lot more damage to the enviroment..

  4. anim8me2   June 22, 2014 at 3:46 am

    You seem to miss the fact that while he used the yacht, it was moored the entire time. Basically it was a floating place to live so he and his friends could relax without being attacked by fans.
    I find it interesting how quickly and easily you attack someone who is doing a great deal in furthering a worthwhile cause in your search for scapegoats and targets for finger pointing. One shouldn’t turn a blind eye, but do some research before you crucify someone doing good rather than ill.

    Also… “cuts an impressive swath”, not swatch.

    • Conniption Fit (@Conniption_Fit)   August 26, 2014 at 6:52 am

      So is it perpetually moored there? Nobody had to pilot it to Brazil for him to use it there? Unless that’s the case your argument falls apart.

    • SmrtthanU   August 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Did you know that the vessel sat, moored, 300 miles from the actual World Cup events and location? Besides that data being available on-line, looking at a map will tell you where the ocean is in relative proximity to the location of World Cup Games. He traveled in a gas guzzling SUV with some of his 10+ friends to watch the games live. It is totally hypocritical for Mr. DiCaprio to lecture people, companies, and governments on their carbon usage when he blindly travels the world leaving a much larger carbon footprint than the average person. Please ‘do some research’ before you defend the indefensible.

  5. Leach   June 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I get that it wasn’t a great decision on his part. But at the same time, he lives in environmentally friendly homes and drives cars that produce no CO. He has spent a lot of his own time and money on cleaning up the environment and helping save animals. So its not like he’s one of those people that do things because they crave attention.

    • John   June 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Electric cars and hybrids are nice and all, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they don’t produce any CO2. That electricity has to come from somewhere. I’m glad he’s donating to the cause, but it would also be nice if he contributed to it less.

  6. Kay   June 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm


  7. Katydid   June 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Who’s surprised?

    Many Hollywood/politician types lecture about what we should do and how we should live, then go home to their 10K sq ft house, which is 1 of 5 they own, drive one of their 10 cars, then hop on their jet.

    Total hypocrites.


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