Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘Enough Is Enough’ Corporate Greed Must Stop
Some of us might agree some of us might disagree, but using his A list status as a platform to create conscience about the environment and what it is being done to the planet is in my mind a good start. We all live here, we need to care.
DiCaprio was honored along with will.i.am, Yao Chen and Olafur Eliasson for making important contributions to improving the state of the world. He was recognized for his work in tackling climate change through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and his position as anUN Messenger of Peace.
While traveling recently to film a documentary on the impacts of climate change, DiCaprio said he was “astonished to see that ancient glaciers” in Greenland and the Arctic are “rapidly disappearing well ahead of scientific models.” In India, he saw farmers’ fields devastated by unprecedented flooding. He said we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, urged business leaders to divest from fossil fuels and pushed for a rapid transition to renewables.
“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied and even covered-up the evidence of our changing climate,” he said. “Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.”
“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong,” he told the audience. “Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance.
“The challenge before us requires each and every one of us to take action. We owe this to ourselves, but more importantly to the future generations who are counting on us.”
DiCaprio also announced that his foundation is pledging a new commitment of $15 million to environmental projects, including one that protects 6.5 million acres of rainforest on Sumatra in Indonesia from what DiCaprio described as the “invasive and destructive practices” of thepalm oil industry.
Last week, DiCaprio won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant. In aninterview with Charlie Rose prior to the Golden Globe awards ceremony, DiCaprio said the film was a “turning point” in his life and really drove home for him the need to take action on climate change. DiCaprio is nominated for an Oscar for The Revenant, which has 12 Oscar nominations in all—more than any other film this year.
Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s full speech here: