‘None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria’: Leonardo DiCaprio on climate change

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been one of the strongest voices against climate change. His speech at the Climate Summit 2014 resonates even till today as the threat of losing our ecosystems to climate change is only getting bigger.

The actor, who was appointed as the United Nations Messenger of Peace, said: “As an actor, I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems,” he said and then added, “I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.”

“None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is a fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The chief of the US navy’s Pacific command, admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that climate change is our single greatest security threat,” the actor said. He also urged to take stock of the situation right now. “I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to be. Because the world’s scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis, if we do not act together, we will surely perish,” he asserted.

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