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Leonardo DiCaprio addressed world leaders gathered for the United Nations Climate Summit Tuesday morning, speaking about “the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet.”
As an actor, I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way. My friends, this body — perhaps more than any other gathering in human history — now faces that difficult task. You can make history… or be vilified by it.
The famous actor stressed that now is our moment for action, urging leaders to do something in order to save our planet.
This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation – if, admittedly, a daunting one… We only get one planet. Humankind must become accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home. Protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species. This is the most urgent of times, and the most urgent of messages. Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living.
DiCaprio was recently appointed a United Nations Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Both Ban and DiCaprio participated in Sunday’s People’s Climate March in New York City.
Similarly, actress Emma Watson addressed the UN on Saturday in order to bring attention to gender equality.