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Leonardo DiCaprio and Conners Sisters talk about new global warming documentary "The 11th Hour"

leo and Conners sisters: Leo and Conners Sistersleo and Conners sisters: Leo and Conners SistersAll discussion was centered on the environment this evening at the press conference for "The 11th Hour," just hours before the film would have its world premiere. The documentary, about global warming and humanity, was co-written by DiCaprio and sisters Nadia and Leila Conners, the third time all three have worked together on a film.

The panel, which also included David Orr, a specialist who was in the film, and Kenny Ausubel and Henir Behar, environmental specialists, was centered around one main point : the environment is an important issue.

Backed by a major celebrity and concerning global warming, the film also runs along the same lines as Al Gore's "An Inconvient Truth;" a topic that came up many times during the hour.

"Through a cinematic format Gore was able to get us the information that affects us emotionally," said DiCaprio about Gore's film. DiCaprio also defended Gore in recent statements that have been made about Gore being a hypocrite for not living the evironmentally friendly lifestyle for which he advocates. "Don't shoot the messenger," DiCaprio said. "Attacks on Al Gore are misdirected."

 When one bold journalist present accused the film industry of using and supporting private jets, a non green way to live,  Nadia Conners piped up.  "Here you are trying to shoot the messenger again," she said. "...Not everybody can do everything but we can all do something."

Although DiCaprio himself is a mega star, the idea for "11th Hour " isn't supposed to involve any mega stardom.  "...In our film we want to let the scientists, the people who have devoted their lives to this, be the stars of the movie."

Hopefully this film will have an affect on the way people think about the environment, much like Gore's film did. Those involved seem to think it definitely will, although there is a little ways to go.   "If we were speaking about an ER room in the hospital, the vital signs of the earth would not be good," Ausubel spoke metaphorically  "There is a vast awakening of people and the environment, and its about thinking about benefits for our children and grandchildren, but it turns out it's also a really smart thing to do."

Orr spoke positively too.  "In 2006 a sort of global ecological movement began. I've never seen anything like this before, and I think one factor was Hurricane Katrina," Orr said. "With this film we are turning science into an art form, and the beauty will move us, but not for long."

"Getting educated and staying educated is how we will conquer this issue," said Nadia. "And it's about simple things like loving the local places we live in."

"It's not the hot issue of the moment," added DiCaprio.  "It's a global, continuing issue." Speaking with inspiration, DiCaprio also added, "Back to the Civil Rights Movement, there are a tremendous amount of people in this world that are very outspoken, and I'm happy to be part of this generation that talks about these things."

For clips of the Press Conference, click below

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