Leonardo DiCaprio makes appearance at COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow

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Leonardo DiCaprio has made a surprise appearance at the COP26 summit in Scotland.

The 46-year-old actor joined the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow on Tuesday, posing for photographs before heading into the city's SEC centre.

Dressed in a smart suit and wearing a black face covering, DiCaprio was rushed through the crowds into the event, where world leaders are discussing the climate change crisis.

The event is hoping action can be taken to "build back a better world" with trillions of pounds needed to invest in fighting climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio walks through the exhibition hall after attending an event at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow. Picture date: Tuesday November 2, 2021.
Leonardo DiCaprio at the exhibition hall of Glasgow's SEC Arena for the COP26 summit. (PA)

Ahead of his arrival at COP26, Kew Science said DiCaprio had visited its Carbon Garden space at the event.

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The research arm of Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, south-west London, Kew Science has been highlighting the role plants can play in providing solutions to climate change across COP26.

A spokeswoman said the actor "seemed to enjoy seeing the wonderful display of plants and messages about nature-based solutions to climate change that the Kew's display has on show".

Leonardo DiCaprio during the Cop26 summit in Glasgow. Picture date: Tuesday November 2, 2021.
Security rush DiCaprio through COP26. (PA)

The actor and environmentalist has worked on a number of projects and documentaries to highlight the issue.

It’s believed DiCaprio flew on a commercial flight via London in order to get to the event, shunning a private jet after being criticised for his personal carbon footprint.

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In 2016, it emerged that he flew to Paris from the US and back in order to pick up an award for his environmental work.

A. number of attendees at the event have come under fire for opting to use private air travel in order to attend, despite private jets being the world's most carbon-emitting form of transport.

Leonardo DiCaprio walks through the exhibition hall after attending an event at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow. Picture date: Tuesday November 2, 2021.
DiCaprio walks through the exhibition hall after attending an event at the climate summit. (PA)

Those who have been dubbed “eco-hypocrites” include US president Joe Biden, who flew in on Air Force One; Boris Johnson, who admitted to planning on flying back to London due to "time constraints"; and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who arrived in his £48 million Gulf Stream private jet.

Greg Archer, UK director of the Transport and Environment campaign group, criticised those attending and said: “Business leaders and heads of state flying into the climate talks on private jets illustrates how totally out of touch they are with public opinion to urgently tackle the climate emergency.

"These jets cause as much heating of the planet during a three-hour return flight than the average Brit does in a year."

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