During the United Nations gala celebrating the signing of the climate change treaty, Leonardo DiCaprio took it upon himself to speak a few more words addressing the dire need for action against climate threats.
“Adding Hollywood stardust to the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on counteracting global warming, the Oscar-winning actor, who has previously spoken at the UN on climate change, gave an impassioned five-minute address first quoting Abraham Lincoln and then giving real examples of climate change devastation he had personally witnessed on his travels as a UN messenger of peace,” TheHollywood Reporter said.
In particular, DiCaprio stressed the fact that this issue requires immediate action, in his opinion, even likening its urgency to that of slavery during Lincoln’s time.
“(Lincoln) was speaking before the US 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.”
Before his speech, Leonardo made friends with Helen Clark of New Zealand, according to Scout.
“Former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark, who is bidding for the UN’s top job, was photographed sitting next to Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the signing of the Paris Agreement to slow climate change and cut carbon emissions, which was signed by 171 countries, including China and the United States, two of the world’s top emitters.”
DiCaprio expressed his passionate sentiments and opinions later on in the evening, praising the world leaders who were stepping up to address this dire situation.
“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.”
The Oscar-winner left the crowd with a harrowing warning and exhortation.
“This is the body that can do what is needed. All of you sitting in this very hall. The world is now watching. You will either be lauded by future generations or vilified by them.”
While many people respect DiCaprio’s commitment to this cause, some people believe that it can distract others from the crux of the problem.
“The danger of gala events like the official signing of the climate change treaty at the UN in New York on Friday, crowned with a guest appearance from Leonardo DiCaprio and with 60 heads of state in attendance, is the impression they create that the job is done,” The Guardian reported. “It was certainly a spectacular demonstration of global intent to get more than 170 signatures on the deal agreed in Paris in December at the first time of asking; but what matters is making it legally binding. For that, it must be not just signed but ratified by at least 55 countries, and it must cover 55 percent of emissions.”
After all, this treaty may be a step in the right direction, but it’s not the ultimate solution. Greater Kashmir said that the treaty is even technically “non-binding.”
“The Paris Agreement is a non-binding treaty existing within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The document was created in an attempt to slow down the effects of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, on the earth’s temperature, which is rising rapidly.”
The Guardian is not the only one who was not entirely pleased and satisfied by DiCaprio’s speech. The Inquisitr reported on Friday that many dissenters have questioned (via social media) the actor about his own use of fossil fuels.
“Social media erupted with comments directed toward the Hollywood actor about his personal use of fossil fuels. Many felt like they were owed an explanation about how he could state no one should use fossil fuels when he evidently uses them to power his private yacht. Leonardo DiCaprio has not issued a statement about his personal use of fossil fuels.”
Despite the passion of people (and Messengers of Peace) such as Leonardo DiCaprio, the world is still waiting on a better solution than the Paris Agreement. What do you think? Leave your opinions about DiCaprio and climate change below!
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