Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with Prince Harry to save the ecosystem.
The duo, along with Forest Whitaker and Djimon Hounsou, are calling for the suspension of oil and gas drilling in the Okavango River basin.
Speaking in a session with Namibian environmental activist Reinhold Mangundu on October 14, Prince Harry spoke of the “permanent destruction” that drilling can cause.
“We believe it would plunder the ecosystem for potential profit,” they said. “Some things in life are best left untouched to achieve their purpose as a natural benefit. This is one of them.”
“There is no way to undo the damage caused by these kinds of mistakes,” they said. “Drilling is an outdated gamble which has disastrous consequences for many and incredible riches for the powerful few. It represents a continued investment in fossil fuels instead of renewables.
The pair added, “The risk of drilling will always outweigh the perceived reward. In a region already facing abuse from exploitation, poaching and fires, the risk is even higher. Knowing the above, why would drill you have oil in such a place? “