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Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The 11th Hour” is a documentary concerning current environmental crises. The purpose of this official group of the film is to help individuals connect to help find solutions to reduce our impact on the environment.
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The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The 11th Hour” is a feature length documentary concerning the current environmental crises caused by human actions and our future impact on the planet. “The 11th Hour” documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet’s life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. The most powerful element of “The 11th Hour” is the offering of hope and solutions. Scientists and environmental advocates paint a portrait for a radically new and exciting future in which humanity seeks not to dominate the earth’s life systems, but to coexist with them in harmony. “The 11th Hour” calls for a future now within our grasp that is both sustainable and healthier. The goal of this group is to create a forum that will allow individuals and communities to connect with each other to help find solutions that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, increase the use of renewable energy, and slow down consumption of natural resources. Together, we can make the changes needed to restore our damaged planet. Sincerely, Leonardo DiCaprio's Official 11th Hour Action Team
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by Eleventh Hour Action (0 comments | 0 discussions) — Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The 11th Hour” will open next month and the 11th Hour Action campaign is under way to spread the word! Leo’s 11th Hour Action profile and group are one branch of that campaign where we’re asking for your input.\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\nHere’s w... more »

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Blog: "His (DiCaprio) commitment is so consistent and so deep"  
With his upcoming documentary "The 11th Hour," a film produced, co-written and narrated by DiCaprio, the actor meshes both of his worlds to raise awareness about humanity's role in destroying Earth's ecosystems.

Taking on green issues has become quite popular in Hollywood, and DiCaprio, 32, is just one of many who have been vocal about the cause.

Chicago-born actress Daryl Hannah was arrested last year after propping herself in a tree for 23 days to save an urban community garden in Los Angeles. Ed Begley Jr. has been touting an eco-friendly lifestyle for years, driving an electric-powered car and living in a solar-powered home. Even funnyman Will Ferrell is involved; he is an active supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

But it's DiCaprio who became a Hollywood poster boy for environmental change when he passionately discussed the issue with then-President Bill Clinton in 2000 during a televised Earth Day special on ABC. Long before then, the actor had worked tirelessly to get his eco-friendly message to the masses.

"His commitment is so consistent and so deep," said Leila Conners-Petersen, who co-directed "The 11th Hour" with her sister, Nadia Conners. "This is in terms of the time he gives to the subject and in terms of the support he gives, financially, by working with environmental groups. ... It's just really impressive to see the level of dedication he has."

This goes beyond living in a home pimped out with solar panels and tooling around Hollywood in a hybrid Toyota Prius. DiCaprio launched his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 with an eye on promoting positive environmental causes. He's currently on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA.

"There's a gap that happens sometimes where people feel they are being judged by the way they live their lives," DiCaprio said. "Ultimately, that's not the message. ... The ultimate message is saying, 'This is a problem that faces all of mankind.' It crosses cultural boundaries, racial boundaries, religious boundaries. It's pretty daunting in some ways."

That's the point DiCaprio wanted to get across when he began working on "The 11th Hour" with Conners-Petersen and Conners in 2005. The three first collaborated on a pair of short films, "Global Warming" and "Water Planet," which are featured on DiCaprio's Web site.

It was DiCaprio who came up with the idea to use more than 50 scientists and environmental experts to explain the nuances of global warming, among other things.
'His life's passion'
"He has a pretty intense work schedule when he is doing a film," Conners said. "When he gets time off, he'll come immediately into the edit bay and spend 100 hours with us working on the film. This is his life's passion. He really enjoys engaging in it."

Particularly, DiCaprio wanted to hammer home the point that occurrences such as the deadly Chicago heat wave of 1995 and Hurricane Katrina, for instance, are happening with more frequency.

"You don't need to be a climatologist or a scientist to realize that there are crazy things happening on our planet, weather-wise," DiCaprio said. "There are freak storms and freak floods. Hurricane Katrina was certainly an eye-opener for millions of people in this country. The truth of the matter is we are going to continue to see things like this unless we stop arguing about these issues and do something about it."

DiCaprio credits good friend Al Gore and Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" for paving the way for "The 11th Hour."
Gore film led the way
"It really was 'An Inconvenient Truth' that brought this problem to the attention of mainstream media," DiCaprio said. "It brought this issue to the consciousness of the American public in a way that can't even be comparable to three years ago. Whenever we talked about issues like this, it fell on deaf ears." Gore was able to make a documentary that put science in layman's terms, DiCaprio said.

Kenny Ausubel, founder of the non-profit environmental group Bioneers, which fosters innovative programs for environmental restoration, agreed.

"This film is the natural progression from 'An Inconvenient Truth' because it takes an eagle's eye view," said Ausubel, who is one of the experts interviewed in the documentary. "It's saying that global warming is simply part of a larger crisis that we have going on right now. This is actually a human crisis. If human beings don't get our act together, nature is going to regard us as a fad. That's what is shaping up here."

That's something DiCaprio has been talking about for years.

"We really have to stop making this a polarizing issue that's associated with Democrats or Republicans," the actor said. "We now have issues that, hopefully, are going to take a trendy fad -- going green -- into long-term solutions that span from generation to generation."

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Friend,

I am writing to tell you about my new environmental film, “The 11th Hour.” The film documents the environmental crises we face and the solutions we must begin to implement.

Please take a look at the trailer here: http://www.11thhouraction.com/trailer

With the help of over fifty of the world's most prominent thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, “The 11th Hour” documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed.

However, the most powerful element of “The 11th Hour” is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but an offering of hope and solutions. The film ends with a call for restorative action through reshaping human activity.

“The 11th Hour” is opening on August 17th in New York and Los Angeles. On the 24th it opens in other cities, and in the following weeks across the country. It would be great if you could go see it and bring a friend. You can go to www.11thhouraction.com to get more information on the movie and when it will play near you.

We need the message of this movie to hit as far and wide as possible.
The hope is us. Let's begin.

Thank You,
Leonardo DiCaprio

P.S. Please feel free to use the code here http://youtube.com/watch?v=7IBG2V98IBY to embed the trailer on your website!

Leonardo DiCaprio's 11th Hour Action Community’s URL
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