Capping a very eventful last couple days that included a prestigious honor from the Clinton Global Initiative, participating in the People's Climate March in New York City, and accepting the position of U.N. Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio today addressed delegates at the United Nations Headquarters, urging the international body to act on the climate crisis.
The 39-year-old opened his speech by declaring that he's not an expert, but a concerned citizen wanting to help solve the environmental threats presented by climate change.
"As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems," he said. "I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away."
After listing off a variety of worrisome environmental shifts already underway around the globe, DiCaprio decried those who continue to label climate change as weak science.
"None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact," he said. "The scientific community knows it, industry and governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The chief of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that climate change is our single greatest security threat.
In addition to his speech, DiCaprio also made two other moves this morning, expanding his social media reach by joining the photo-sharing site Instagram and helping to launch a new website called Moment for Action.
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