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August 13, 2002
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Hollywood heavyweight Leonardo DiCaprio and celebrity pals Tobey Maguire and Cameron Diaz have taken time out from their film-making chores to urge US President George Bush to take part in the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month.

The actors held a press conference in Los Angeles organised by the American organisation Global Green USA, an affiliate of Green Cross International, to call on President Bush to join a crucial initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The US President has yet to say whether he’ll join some 100 leaders, including Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac, at the high-level meeting.

“I’m here as a concerned citizen,” said Leo. “My purpose is quite simply to urge President Bush to attend the Johannesburg world summit. Mr Bush we are asking for your support to be the president that looks towards the future.

“Here is your opportunity to do the right thing for future generations,” an impassioned Leo continued. “I believe we need a new sense of shared destiny, a sense that we’re all in this together. Despite the fact that we’re the biggest economy, we’re the largest polluter. President Bush, please go prepared to join the vast majority of nations in constructing a concrete plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Following the press conference, Leo, Cameron and Tobey shot over to Hollywood for a “Rock The Earth Summit” awareness party, where the music was provided by Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland.

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Leo and Cameron, who will be starring together in the upcoming Martin Scorcese epic Gangs Of New York, are both avid supporters of the Johannesburg meeting's initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsPhoto: © PA
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Spider-Man Tobey Maguire was among the concerned celebrities who attended the press conference in LA

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