Tony Stark sure does an amazing job at pretending to be Robert Downey Jr. Billionaire, philanthropist, playboy Tony Stark… I mean, Robert Downey Jr. is adding environmentalist to his list of accomplishments by promising to dedicate the next 11 years of his life to cleaning up our planet.
The actor, who played popular Marvel superhero Iron Man for 11 years, was the keynote speaker at Amazon‘s inaugural Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space (re:MARS) tech conference in Las Vegas earlier this week.
At the event, Robert Downey Jr. announced his brand new, right out of the Tony Stark handbook, an initiative called Footprint Coalition. The new organization will focus on solving environmental issues by using artificial intelligence, robotics and other advanced technologies.
“Between robotics and technology, we could probably clean up the planet significantly, if not entirely, within a decade,” he said.
He also explained how his neglect towards the environment in the past is now inspiring him to take action. “I have this quiet sense of crisis. I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus… but I want to change.”
The project is scheduled to launch in April 2020.
While the details of how the organization plans to begin its clean-up initiative are still unknown, a Footprint Coalition website went live shortly after the actor’s announcement.
At present, the website only features a sign-up sheet for newsletters and updates, but Downey Jr. says that he will be spending the next 11 months working with UN experts and building up the organization so that the coalition can get to work by the proposed launch date.