Newly awarded Oscar winner for Best Actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio gave a speech over climate change to the UN last week. And he did so by connecting today’s issues with President Abraham Lincoln.
DiCaprio started with a quote from President Lincoln saying how we need to “disenthrall ourselves” which will help us save our country.
While DiCaprio is widely known for his powerful performances in films such as Titanic, The Great Gatsby, and latest, The Revenant, in his speech, he highlighted his world travels and experiences with people that are affected by the changing of the natural balance of our planet. He touched on problems including pollution in Beijing, deforestation in Canada, and flooding in India.
“I do not need to throw statistics at you, you know them better than I do,” says DiCaprio. He continues, “Climate change is happening faster than even the most pessimistic of scientists warned us decades ago.”
A large applause followed DiCaprio’s comment on fossil fuels needing to stay in the ground “where they belong”. He makes sense of all of this by explaining that it’s not only good for the world and environment, but is also smart economically.
He then starts his conclusion with a call to action. He explained that we need to lead, inspire, and empower, as President Lincoln did in his time. His last quote is from President Lincoln that says “We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor, to the last generation.”
DiCaprio finishes hoping to resonate and leave his words in everyone’s thoughts saying we are the “last best hope” and it is our duty to protect our planet.