Leonardo DiCaprio’s Plea to World Leaders on Climate Change: “No More Talks, No More Excuses” [Video]
Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio has once again voiced out his sentiments regarding climate change during his five-minute speech at the UN General Assembly in New York in line with the signing of Paris Agreement on Climate Change, urging leaders to tackle the international problem head on.
"No more talks, no more excuses, no more 10-year studies," the Revenant star pleaded in front of the world leaders.
In his speech, DiCaprio first quoted Abraham Lincoln then cited some of the effects of climate change that he had experienced first-hand during his travels around the world as a UN Messenger of Peace.
"All the things I have seen and learned in my journey have absolutely terrified me," DiCaprio continues.
He also lashes out on fossil fuel companies, stating that the planet can't be saved unless fossil fuels are left in the ground where they belong. He also added that leaders of each country present in the UN General Assembly should not allow "fossil fuel companies to manipulate and dictate the science and policies that affect our future."
The Hollywood star then ended his speech by challenging the world leaders to do their part in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
"You are the last best hope of Earth, we ask you to protect it, or we and all the living things we cherish are history."
During his "historical" win at the Academy Awards, DiCaprio also sidetracked to the issue of climate change saying, "Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species and we need to work together and stop procrastinating."
In 1998, DiCaprio founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to protect the world's wildlife, restore balance to threatened ecosystems, and ensure the long-term health and well-being of all the Earth's inhabitants. Due to his environmental activism, DiCaprio has received numerous awards and praise including the Martin Litton Environment Award in 2001 and the Environmental Leadership Award.
In 2014, Leonardo DiCarpio also addressed world leaders during the opening of the Climate Summit, watch the video below: