Leonardo DiCaprio Urges Need for Climate Change Action: DiCaprio has been playing star roles in films since the Titanic — but what you may not know about the famous actor is that he is an active advocate for the health of our planet.

In his moving Climate Summit opening speech, watch as DiCaprio highlights the imperative need to address climate change, as it is our single greatest security threat:

DiCaprio addresses those who doubt that Climate change exists, saying:

“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.”

He stresses that the changes needed go beyond just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car, as large-scale action is needed.

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“This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, large-scale action.”

Luckily, there is hope, as “New research shows that by 2050 clean, renewable energy could supply 100% of the world’s energy needs using existing technologies, and it would create millions of jobs.”

The solution?

“We need to put a price tag on carbon emissions, and eliminate government subsidies for coal, gas, and oil companies. We need to end the free ride that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a free-market economy, they don’t deserve our tax dollars, they deserve our scrutiny. For the economy itself will die if our ecosystems collapse.”


DiCaprio calls renewable energy not just necessary, but good economic policy:

“By 2050 clean, renewable energy could supply 100% of the world’s energy needs using existing technologies, and it would create millions of jobs.”

What’s more, he stresses how clean air and water, as well as a liveable climate are “inalienable human rights”

“Solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation – if, admittedly, a daunting one.”

 

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