Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech at this year’s Oscars wasn’t epic just because it marked his first win. It was a call to action for the sake of our planet.
Awareness is perhaps one of the most–if not the most–important aspects of real, meaningful change. In many ways, it is the fist step to placing responsibility on rightful and ready shoulders–shoulders that can carry the weight of what needs to be said or done. It also makes us think twice when we want to pass our burdens on to someone else, when we should be the ones dealing with them ourselves.
We should deal with them–not because we always know what to do or because we want to take credit for something larger than ourselves–but because we’re human. We should invest in our world enough to make a change when something isn’t right. That change can be small and make us better individuals, or it can be big and alter the course of humanity.
Leonardo DiCaprio reminded the world of that power during his acceptance speech at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. He won for his visceral portrayal of 1820’s frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant –a film that DiCaprio describes as “man’s relationship with the natural world” in the video above as he passionately emphasized the impact of whether and climate in the making of the movie. This in turn led to an equally passionate statement about climate change to conclude his speech:
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now, [and] it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. We need to work together collectively and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world–who do not speak for the big corporations of the world, but who speak for all of humanity, [and] for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”
In 1998, DiCaprio founded The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation–which aims to ensure the long term health and well-being of Earth and its inhabitants. His individual work as an environmentalist has garnered global attention, and his efforts to make this planet better are just a few of the reasons why writer Eric March compiled a list of his five most impactful contributions and accomplishments in respect to Mother Nature.
Good people still exist in the world–and this is yet another example of a well-known public figure utilizing their celebrity status to do something genuine and worthwhile. It may seem like wholesome souls are fading quickly these days, but if we put the same confidence in them as they put into their cause, their dreams just might become the stuff of legacy.
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