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Tuesday, 13 August, 2002, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
DiCaprio to Bush: Attend summit
Leonardo DiCaprio
The Beach, starring DiCaprio, caused environmental upset
Leonardo DiCaprio has urged US President George W Bush to attend the Earth Summit, being held in South Africa later this month.

The film star told a rally organized by Global Green USA, an environmental pressure group, that the US was the world's biggest polluter.

And he called for President Bush to back international initiatives on the environment.

Johannesburg
The summit begins in Johannesburg on 26 August
"Mr Bush, we're asking for your support, to be the president that looks towards the future," said DiCaprio at the rally on Monday.

The star of Titanic and The Beach also complained that the Bush administration had opted out of the Kyoto Protocol, an international climate treaty on industrial emissions, despite the US being what he called "the biggest economy and the biggest polluter".

White House environmental spokespersons maintain the Kyoto agreement would cost the US economy billions of dollars and millions of jobs.

Concern

And George W Bush has so far declined to say whether he will be joining about 100 world leaders, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac, at the summit.

DiCaprio, 28, is known for his concern about environmental issues.

On World Earth Day, 22 April 2000, he interviewed then president Bill Clinton about global warming on the ABC TV network.

But his record has not always been so good. DiCaprio and his film crew angered Thai locals when filming for $40m blockbuster movie The Beach, released in 2000.

Twentieth Century Fox was taken to court in 1999 over claims it had ruined a national park while filming at Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Island.

The Earth Summit takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 6 September.

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