Robert Downey Jr. is famed for being a beloved Hollywood actor, philanthropist, and writer – but now he is adding “robotics environmentalist” to his list of good qualities.

Earlier this week, the Iron Man actor took to the stage at the Amazon Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas to announce the creation of his new foundation which will use nanotechnology and robotics as a means of cleaning up the planet.

Downey Jr. did not disclose many details on how the organization will begin its clean-up mission, but a Footprint Coalition website went live shortly after the actor’s announcement.

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As of right now, the website only features a sign-up sheet for future newsletters and updates, but Downey Jr. says that he will be spending the next 11 months collaborating with UN experts and building up the organization so the coalition can get to work by April 2020.

After that, Downey Jr. says that “between robotics and nanotechnology we could probably clean up the planet significantly, if not entirely, within a decade.”

Downey Jr. 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,” he said, according to reporters. “I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus … [but] I want to change.”


Regardless of the actor’s precise plan of action, Forbes estimates that Downey Jr.’s net worth is about $81 million – more than enough to start tidying up the planet.

The Re:Mars conference, which stands for “Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space”, hosted a variety of speakers who gave presentations on the benefits of artificial intelligence. In addition to announcing the launch of his organization, Downey Jr. also talked about how he and his wife Susan will be the executive producers of a new YouTube Red documentary series on the wonders of AI – which will of course be narrated by Downey Jr.

(WATCH the Downey Jr.’s entrance in the video below)

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