Since I first saw 11th Hour, I have had a lot of respect for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Now, I have even more. Watch his recent speech to the UN and you will see what I mean.
I especially felt moved by this part of his speech;
But I think we know better than that. Every week, we’re seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here now. We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections.
None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The chief of the US navy’s Pacific command, admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that climate change is our single greatest security threat.
My Friends, this body – perhaps more than any other gathering in human history – now faces that difficult task. You can make history … or be vilified by it.
Even Kim said that he has come a long way since Titanic! And we all know how that story ends.
I thought it was such a powerful speech he gave I just hope we see action arising from this forum
Gavin Webber says
So do I Fiona, so do I.
“None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and governments know it, even the United States military knows it.”
The problem is we ALL know it, even if many pretend not to. I love to see actors and other famous people whom we watch, admire, stalk in the press etc getting up and making a stand for things. Environment, peace, whatever it is. These famous people have such power to set an example and to make issues known to us. We already admire and aspire, we immitate their fashions, language and rush to see their latest film. They have immense power and I love to see them using their power to promote awareness. I am rather a cynic though. I wonder if he bought a new suit for his speech? :S
Lynda D says
I’ve been watching him on several Upworthy clips lately. I also have new found respect for him as well. Lets hope that’s what it is and i’m just not getting and eyeful of candy. LOL.
the more voices the better, lets hope it get so loud that they can not do anything but change!
Gavin Webber says