Leonardo DiCaprio visits Fort McMurray

Leonardo DiCaprio is in Fort McMurray,  the heart of Alberta's oil sands industry, to research and gather material for an upcoming documentary about climate change. 

Shortly before his arrival in the oil sands boomtown, DiCaprio narrated a short video, Carbon, as part of the Green World Rising project.

"Fossil fuels...have created modern society as we know it. This ancient sunlight unleashed global industrial power never before witnessed in the history of the planet. When burnt into the atmosphere, carbon causes climate change," DiCaprio narrates. "We need to keep this carbon in the ground." 

Along with musician Neil Young and filmmaker James Cameron, he's among several celebrities who have made their way to Fort McMurray in recent years. 

But some critics say people working in Hollywood are hypocritical in their judgment of Canada's oil industry, since they often have a large carbon footprint themselves. Tim Moen, a Fort McMurray filmmaker and Libertarian Party of Canada leader, blasted the city of Los Angeles in his trailer for Tar Sands Messiah. In an interview with the Vancouver Observer, he said he was critical of people who come to "judge" and "condescend" about the oil industry. 

But DiCaprio's commitment to sustainability has led him to put millions of dollars toward environmental protection over the years, and in 2007, he produced a document in 2007, The 11th Hourabout the looming threat of climate change and possible solutions. 

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