Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss how jobs focused on preserving the environment can also boost the economy and put Americans to work.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, confirmed the meeting took place at Trump Tower in New York City. Tamminen said he and DiCaprio gave a presentation to Donald, Ivanka, and other members of the President-elect’s team on how they believe the new administration can create millions of jobs through the construction of renewable energy infrastructure in America.
“Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework — which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism — that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” Tamminen said. “Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”
The meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes and DiCaprio gave Donald and Ivanka copies of his latest documentary, “Before the Flood,” which takes a look at how climate change affects our environment.
Tamminen, who was secretary of California’s Environmental Protection Agency under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said Trump listened to what the pair had to say and suggested they meet again next month.
“We look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change, while putting millions of people to work at the same time,” said Tamminen.