Following A Private Meeting, Leonardo DiCaprio Gave Ivanka Trump A Powerful Parting Gift

If DiCaprio's words can influence Ivanka, they may influence the president-elect, too.

In the fight against climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio is quickly climbing the ladder of influence. Earlier this year, the Academy Award-winning actor produced and starred in a new documentary on climate change called Before the Flood. By mid-November, the documentary had already reached 60 million people worldwide across several viewing platforms, a National Geographic record.

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The film, which some have said may be the most-watched documentary ever, is now in the hands of the president-elect's daughter Ivanka Trump.

On Saturday, The New York Times reported that DiCaprio had delivered the film to Ms. Trump in a private, closed-door meeting. That meeting came on the heels of Ms. Trump sitting down with one of the most prominent faces of environmentalism, Al Gore, who said he had an "interesting" meeting with the incoming first daughter and president-elect.

"I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect," Gore told the White House press pool. "It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I'm just going to leave it at that."

If DiCaprio, Gore and other environmental advocates want to win over Donald Trump — who has described climate change as a "hoax" — Ivanka may be the key. The 35-year-old has a laundry list of high-profile progressive friends, and earlier this month Politico reported, through a source close to her, that she was hoping to use her place in the spotlight to discuss the issue of climate change.

While this news may inspire hope, others are still holding onto quite a bit of skepticism. 

Reince Priebus, the new Chief of Staff for Donald Trump, has maintained that he believes climate change to be a bunch of "bunk." The head of the House Committee on Science, Technology and Space is a climate change denier, and just about everyone in Trump's immediate orbit seems unconcerned with the issue. Trump himself has repeatedly vowed to pull out of the historic Paris climate agreement

But if Ivanka takes the time to watch Before the Flood, one can hope — as DiCaprio no doubt does — that it will move her to action.

As A Plus reported in October, the documentary is full of hard evidence that Republican congressmen are beholden to the fossil fuel industry, that the scientific community has reached a consensus on climate change and that time is running out before the damage is irreversible. With protesters' victory in halting the progress of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government and record high temperatures all in the news, now would be a great time for Ivanka to begin a movement inside the Trump administration to address climate change. The phrase "striking while the iron is hot" comes to mind — and things are certainly heating up. 

You can watch a trailer for DiCaprio's record-breaking film below:

Cover image via  lev radin / Shutterstock.com.

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