In an unexpected turn, silver screen idol Leonardo DiCaprio has turned his gaze from the glitz of Hollywood to the green canopies of Tasmania, lighting up the social media world with his latest environmental crusade. The star, known for his Oscar-worthy performances, is now championing the feathers of Tasmania’s swift parrot, an avian wonder on the brink of extinction. With the swift click of a post, he unleashed the plucky parrot’s plight to his legion of over 80 million fans across Facebook and Instagram.
DiCaprio, the unexpected hero in the bird’s tale, shared the success of Australian conservationists who obtained a stop-sign in the form of a temporary injunction against logging in precious Tasmanian nesting sites. “Not on my watch,” his post could figuratively trumpet, highlighting the mere 750 swift parrots that could be screeching their last squawks unless the destruction ceases in Eastern Tasmania’s leafy abodes.
This digital shoutout is ruffling feathers in the most delightful way. The Bob Brown Foundation, the brainchild of former Greens leader turned environmental watchdog, Bob Brown, took to Instagram to express their awe of DiCaprio’s star power boost.
Brown has since rolled out the green carpet for DiCaprio, inviting him to witness Tasmania’s natural charm himself. Indeed, Leo’s endorsement has seen the swift parrot’s fight soaring high into the international spotlight, marking a major victory lap for conservation efforts.
Amid a rallying cry for the Australian government to plant its feet firmly on promises to halt native forest logging, the Labor Environment Action Network’s Felicity Wade has minced no words, calling the practice a “travesty.” Tasmania’s logging debate remains knotted, with local Labor and Liberal parties both rooted in their support for the industry.
DiCaprio’s signature on this environmental petition isn’t just another celebrity scribble; it’s a beacon of hope for the winged residents of Tasmania. And with his call to join his organisation, Re: Wild, Leo isn’t just playing a part—he’s helping highlight a movement to reforest the stage and spotlight Tasmania’s environmental management.