Leonardo DiCaprio Compares Climate Change To Slavery, Claims Drastic Measures Need To Be Taken To Save The Planet

Chrissie Williams

Leonardo DiCaprio, named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, spoke at the open session of the signature service for a new agreement which an astonishing 175 countries will pledge to make an active effort to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Oscar-Award-winning actor has used his social media accounts to document the effects of climate change. In his opening remarks at the service, he quoted President Abraham Lincoln, reported EcoWatch.

"[Lincoln] was speaking before the U.S. Congress to confront the defining issue of his time: slavery. Remarkably, his words ring as true today when applied to the defining crisis of our time: climate change."
"Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong."

"After 21 years of debates and conferences, it is time to declare: no more talk, no more excuses, no more 10-year studies, no more allowing the fossil fuel companies to manipulate and dictate the science and policies that affect our future."

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