President Obama to Meet With Leonardo DiCaprio to Talk Climate Change

The first South by South Lawn kicks off next week.


The White House announced on Sunday that President Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio will meet up for a new festival, one part of which will see the two men discussing climate change.

The event is being called South by South Lawn, a play on Obama's appearance at South by Southwest earlier this year. South by South Lawn will take place on October 3 and you can watch the entire thing live through the White House's website, Facebook, or Twitch.

One of the marquee events is the panel where Obama and DiCaprio will discuss "the importance of protecting the one planet we've got for future generations." Climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe will also appear at the event to lend her expertise to the subject.

People in attendance at the actual event will get to see DiCaprio's new documentary Before the Flood. The actor, who recently won an Academy Award for The Revenant, is an outspoken environmental preservation advocate. He interviewed President Bill Clinton in 2000 about the subject of global warming.

South by South Lawn will also host other events like panels about sustainable food and democracy, among other things. There will also be musical performances (The Lumineers will perform), while a White House Student Film Festival will be held as well, with guests including the creators and stars of Netflix's Stranger Things.

Obama's National Parks virtual reality experience will also be available at the event.

The White House invited people doing "inspiring work" to attend, but there is no other way to get in, so livestreaming the event will likely be the closest you can get. For more on South by South Lawn, including a full schedule of events, go to this website.

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