Leonardo DiCaprio has been awarded the “Messenger of Peace” title, and on Tuesday morning, at the UN Climate Summit in New York, he demanded that the 193 world leaders in attendance take urgent action against climate change.
The environmental activist was recently nominated as the “new voice for climate advocacy” by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe that mankind has looked at climate change in that same way,” the Hollywood actor confessed. “As if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away. But I think we all know better than that now.”
DiCaprio participated in the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York, where hundreds of thousands of people marched around the city to bring attention to the alleged “climate crisis.”
“I stand before you not as an expert, but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve our climate crisis,” he said.
DiCaprio argued that climate change is a scientific fact and that extreme weather conditions are proof.
“Every week, we’re seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here, right now,” said the actor. “None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry knows it, Governments know it, even the United States military knows it.”
DiCaprio, who failed to mention his private jet, four estates, or cruises around the world in a gas-guzzling yacht, will remain a strong advocate for a more sustainable environment.
“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 declared. “Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living, but you do not.”
“You can either make history, or be vilified by it,” said the Messenger of Peace.