2 March 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio has used his Oscars acceptance speech to highlight the impact of climate change.
Having won his first best actor award, DiCaprio used the platform to urge for action against global warming. “Climate change is real”, he said. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat affecting our species. We need to work together and stop procrastinating”.
DiCaprio has used his status to shine a light on environmental concerns before. But the length of his speech on the subject was notable. And the Academy orchestra - which usually starts playing to signal the end of a recipients’ stage time - also gave him additional time to complete his delivery.
Highlighting the corrosive impact of corporate lobbying he added: “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 and for the indigenous people of the world; for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this; for our children’s children; and for all the people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. Let us not take this planet for granted”.