Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar in order to give us a lecture:
“I just want to say this — making “The Revenant” was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history,” he said.
He may feel the heat, but the satellites didn’t “feel” a record, and nor would ice cores, stalagmites, corals, sediments, or any other part of the natural world that has existed for longer than 41 years. Meh.
“Climate change is real, and it’s happening right now,” DiCaprio said. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
Forget malaria. One millimeter sea level rises are coming to get you.
We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world…and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”
If only DiCaprio would be right about the US election.
“The Titanic” star said the thought upcoming election would show where the U.S. stands as a nation on the issue of climate change.
We know where US citizens stand — they don’t care. So the election will be decided on other issues, except in the Republican camp where being a skeptic is now mandatory. In the last election Tom Steyer tried to make climate change a winning issue and converted 74 million dollars into almost no political effect. Perhaps Leonardo could try that again?
“I feel there is a ticking clock out there. There’s a sense of urgency that we all must do something proactive about this issue,” he said. “And certainly with this upcoming election, the truth is this: If you have do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in modern science or empirical truths and you will be on the wrong side of history. And we need to all join together and vote for leaders who care about the future of this civilization and the world as we know it.”
Leonardo should run for President.