Leonardo DiCaprio is heading to the White House.
The conversation, which will also be joined by climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and center on “the importance of protecting the one planet we’ve got for future generations,” will be part of the inaugural South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action. The Oct. 3 discussion will be followed by a screening of DiCaprio’s new climate documentary Before the Flood.
DiCaprio, 41, has long been an activist on climate change. He even made it the focal point in his Academy Awards acceptance speech earlier this year.
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now,” he said. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”
South by South Lawn, an idea said to be inspired by Obama’s visit to South by Southwest in Austin earlier this year, will also feature a student film festival with appearances from the cast of Stranger Things, interactive exhibits and panels on how to make a change in the country.