Leonardo Dicaprio dares leaders to act on climate change
In Friday's signing of the much praised and criticized climate pact first convened in Paris, Leonardo DiCaprio, now Oscar Winner, gave a speech that dared world leaders to act on climate change in their own countries. The decisions of leaders in this generation will either be vilified or glorified based on how much climate change is reduced, said Leo.
"The world is now watching. You will either be lauded by future generations or vilified by them," said DiCaprio in front of the UN ceremony. There will be 171 nations signing the historic pact.
"We can congratulate each other today, but it will mean absolutely nothing if you return to your countries and fail to push beyond the promises of this historic agreement." he added.
"Now is the time for bold, unprecedented action." dared Leo.
Leonardo DiCaprio is officially UN Secretary-Genearl Ban Ki Moon's "messenger of peace with a special focus on climate change". Leo's latest claim to fame was when he won his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant. In his speech, he has set the bar high by encouraging nations not to view this as a mere responsibility, as their legacy that they will impart for generations to come.
"Look at the delegates around you. It is time to ask each other what side of history will you be on."
He said that the turnout in the signing was hope. Though not naive, he did acknowledge that sticking to the accord isn't enough to combat climate change.
""An upheaval, a massive change is required right now, one that leads to a new collective conscience... Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong" said DiCaprio, drawing massive applause from the audience.
"After 21 years of debates and conferences, it is time to declare no more talk, no more excuses, no more ten-year studies, no more allowing the fossil fuel companies to manipulate and dictate the science and policies that affect our future."