On Monday, October 3, President Obama will meet with Leonardo DiCaprio at a festival on the White House lawn to talk about taking on climate change. The South by South Lawn (SXSL) event will focus on “ideas, art, and action” for making positive change, including discussion with climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and the US premiere of DiCaprio’s documentary Before the Flood.
Inspired by Austin’s SXSW festival, SXSL brings together creativity and entrepreneurship for the purpose of finding solutions for the world’s biggest challenges. Hosted on the White House’s South Lawn, the event will be live-streamed for all to see. The main event will be a discussion between President Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio regarding “the importance of protecting the one planet we’ve got for future generations.” The actor-turned-environmentalist will premiere his National Geographic documentary Before the Flood for the first time in front of a US audience, which follows his journey a U.N. Ambassador of Peace raising international awareness of global warming.
SXSL will also feature engaging panel discussions on problem-solving technology, sustainable food choices, and the role of everyday citizens in affecting global change. Music will be performed by The Lumineers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and DJ Beverly Bond. A student film festival, interactive art exhibits, and food will also be a part of the event, as well as appearances from members of the Stranger Things cast. Mark your calendars.