Climate change is one of the biggest challenges humanity is likely to face, with the impacts of it already shaping policy decisions around the world. After this year’s COP26 conference ended with a compromise that many believe won’t be enough to keep the planet from heating further, it is clear that there is plenty of work to be done to protect the global ecosystem.
Many famous faces are lending their voices to the fight for climate justice. Leonardo DiCaprio has been working with the UN for years as a Climate Change Ambassador, but he is also using his films to bring the issue to the public’s attention, with his newest movie, Don’t Look Up, taking a more satirical approach to climate change. Mark Ruffalo has also taken plenty of time between appearing in Marvel films to speak out publicly about the importance of climate change.
Another such celebrity using their platform to help fight climate change is Daniel Negreanu. This poker professional has been a staple on the World Poker Tour for years now and is using the fame he has gained through it to tackle this issue head-on. Negreanu is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest poker players but while he’s happy to play games of high risk around the tables, he isn’t willing to do the same with the environment. His vegan lifestyle helps him to reduce his carbon footprint whether he is home or on the road with other poker professionals, but he is also outspoken about the importance of making changes to benefit the planet.
Negreanu says that he was deeply affected by seeing An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. He has said, “…the film had a profound effect on me and I wanted to do something about it.” That has meant trading in most of his cars for hybrids and being more vocal about what everyone can do to tackle the climate crisis. This includes signposting people to organizations with more understanding and resources than himself for more information.
He has also gone all-in on his desire to see more people understand the difficulties facing the planet in the coming generations. His passionate plea to shift policy focus to a 2035 deadline rather than 2050 is in line with what many experts have been urging for years now. “The US government needs to step in and make this a priority,” Negreanu says, going on to urge people to put pressure on their elected officials to make a science-based stand on the issue of climate change.
“This is more than a political issue. It is a moral issue,” Negreanu explains to his fans and supporters. Seeking to speak plainly and with the passion that has seen him rise to the top of the poker scene for more than two decades, Negreanu is positioning himself as an understanding, practical ambassador for the climate change fight. He urges those who follow him closely to take a look at the facts and believe in the science behind climate change, concluding, grimly but accurately, that if “we don’t [curb our carbon emissions], we die.”