Popular actor Leonardo DiCaprio was present at a United Nations gathering on Friday where he spoke on the issue of climate change. DiCaprio, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, spoke at the opening session of the signature ceremony in which 175 nations have taken pledge to take an active role to lessen greenhouse gas emissions. DiCaprio has been vocal about his support for environmental issues in the recent years.
DiCaprio opened his remarks by quoting Abraham Lincoln. At the event, DiCaprio compared the climate issue with slavery. He mentioned that the world cannot become a better place till the time reliance on fossil fuels is not put to an end.
DiCaprio mentioned, “After 21 years of debates and conferences, it is time to declare: no more talk, no more excuses, no more 10-year studies, no more allowing the fossil fuel companies to manipulate and dictate the science and policies that affect our future”.
The actor said that more nations have come together to sign the agreement than for any other reason in the history of humankind. Therefore, there is a reason for hope. But the sad part of the story is that this is not enough.
It is the time to take bold, unprecedented action. He told that all of those who are sitting in the hall that the world is watching them. They will either be praised by future generations or will be condemned for not taking action in time. DiCaprio mentioned that learning about climate change has terrified him. He urged adequate action from people to end the reliance on fossil fuels.
On his Instagram page, the actor has shared a photo of himself with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He mentioned to be honored to be part of the historic first step alongside Ban Ki-moon and world leaders. But it is the time for bold actions.
According to a story published on the topic by Instyle, “Everytime we think we can’t love Leonardo DiCaprio anymore, the actor finds a way to make us do just that. And while we love seeing
DiCaprio grace a red carpet with his presence, it’s his humanitarian efforts that really give us heart-eyes. Today, the UN Messenger of Peace spoke about climate change in New York City, and his
words were beyond moving.”
More than 171 countries gathered at the United Nations in N.Y.C. this morning to sign the Paris Agreement, and DiCaprio urged these leaders to take action against global warming. Taking the
stage, the actor offered a call to action: “More countries have come together to sign this agreement today than for any other cause in the history of humankind, and that is reason for hope,” he
said. “But unfortunately, the evidence shows us that that’s not enough.”
“Leonardo DiCaprio, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, spoke at the opening session of the signature ceremony for a new agreement in which a record-breaking 175 countries promise to make an
active effort to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. DiCaprio, who has been using his social media accounts to document the effect of climate change, opened his remarks by quoting Abraham
Lincoln,” according to a recent EW News report.
“After 21 years of debates and conferences, it is time to declare: no more talk, no more excuses, no more 10-year studies, no more allowing the fossil fuel companies to manipulate and dictate the
science and policies that affect our future,” DiCaprio said as the room applauded.
A report published in Inverse News informed, “Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong.” Also an excellent point. Continue, Leo. “No more talk, no
more excuses, no more 10-year studies,” he said, working the room as only a newly minted Oscar winner can. “This is the body that can do what is needed, all of you sitting in this very hall. The
world is now watching. You will either be lauded by future generations or vilified by them.” Then he quoted Lincoln for a bit, which is usually a good move.
It was essentially a sequel to his Academy Award speech, to an audience very demographically different but certainly no less friendly. The U.N. should really trot him out for five minutes at all
its events. Today’s speech wasn’t a first for the actor. DiCaprio last addressed the United Nations in September 2014 as a “UN Messenger of Peace” at the opening of the Climate Summit that year: