Leonardo DiCaprio: Best actor and best humanitarian award?

Leonardo DiCaprio discusses climate change in Oscar acceptance speech.


The 2016 Academy Awards, or “Oscars”, was a very exciting and eventful night. Many actors went on to win their second or third Oscar award, while Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar. DiCaprio’s performance in ‘The Revenant’ won him the award for ‘Best Actor’. 34.3 million people were watching at home, with hundreds more in the audience. Leo’s acceptance speech was nothing short of selfless. He went on to thank everyone that worked on the film ‘The Revenant’ with him, before talking about a more important subject matter. The future of our planet.

 

After giving his thanks and regards to all the people that made his Oscar award winning film happen, DiCaprio finished his speech by saying “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world”. He went on to say “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”. The world watched in shock, an actor accepting his first overlong due Oscar award, talked about climate change in his acceptance speech. He ended his speech by saying, “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much”.

 

So is climate change real? Is our planet getting hotter? Leonardo DiCaprio says yes and has the creditability to back it up. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation or the “LFD” for short is making strides to inform people about saving the future of our planet. The “LFD” was established in 1998 and has awarded more than $30 million dollars to more than 44 countries worldwide.

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2015 was the hottest year in recorded history. The effects of climate change can have a deep impact on our planet. High temperatures, loss of wildlife species, increase in sea level, changes in rainfall patterns, heat waves, stronger storms, wildfires and shrinking of arctic ice are few of the dangerous effects of climate change.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio is singlehandedly trying to protect our wildlife, save our oceans, restore our wildlands, empower our communities and entertain us with his amazing performances in his movies.

 

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For more information visit: LDF
 
  • Meghan Carney

    Hopefully more celebrities and public figures will understand the impact they can have by letting their audiences know about important issues.

  • “So is climate change real? Is our planet getting hotter?”
    It’s embarrassing that America is the only country in the world that doesn’t think so. Kudos to Leo for his contributions to this cause in other countries. The fact that he must do so in other countries is shameful.

  • Sarah Levy

    What a cool guy to highlight

  • Mike Ott

    I am glad to see a celebrity with such clout bringing this topic to the table, it needs to be discussed it is the future of our species and planet.

  • Jennifer Posada

    I had no idea that he had his own foundation! This is an issue that gets disregarded very quickly, and definitely needs more (celebrity) attention!

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