Leonardo DiCaprio gave an Oscars climate-change speech that’ll give you chills

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A big hug to the great Leonardo di Caprio, also like me of Italian origin, with honor and pride, I rejoice in this success

When Leonardo Di Caprio accepted his Oscar for Best Actor Sunday night for “The Revenant,” he took the opportunity to highlight an inconvenient truth.

“Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man’s relationship to the natural world,” he said in his acceptance speech. “Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

As DiCaprio pointed out, 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history. The average global temperature over land and sea was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 Celsius) above the 20th century average — 0.29 F (0.16 C) hotter than the previous record set in 2014.

“Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow,” DiCaprio said.

As The Washington Post reported, the actor’s speech comes on the heals of a recent studywhich suggests climate change may be worse than we thought. The report found that humanity must keep our emissions of carbon dioxide to less than 1,000 billion tons if we’re to have a good chance of keep global warming below the widely accepted limit of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

This is not the first time DiCaprio has taken a stand on climate change. In December, he addressed mayors from around the world during the Paris climate talks, calling for countries to divest from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, The New York Times reported.

“Now to get there, we must act. We must finally leave behind the inefficient technologies of another century and the business models that they have created,” he said, according to the Times.

In January, DiCaprio received an award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, for his foundation, which focuses on climate change and protecting the world’s wildlife and ecosystems.

Sara Dal Monte

 

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