Leonardo Di Caprio used his Oscar speech to highlight climate change in his acceptance speech for the best actor award. He won the award for his role in the film The Revanant.
Di Caprio has been lending his support to the United Nations for some time to highlight climate change as an issue.
This is an excerpt of his speech highlighting climate change:
And lastly I just want to say this: Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history.
Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow.
Climate change is real, it is happening right now.
It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.
For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.
I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.
This is Leonardo Di Caprio at the United Nations climate change leaders summit in New York in September 2014.
You know the one. That was the one that Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott snubbed, even though he was in New York the following day to talk on security. Where we were represented by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australia was shunned.