“Let Us Not Take This Planet for Granted. I Do Not Take Tonight for Granted.”
Last night, Leonardo DiCaprio accepted his first Oscar for his performance in the movie The Revenant. While many were excited about Leo’s first Oscar win, it was his acceptance speech that stole the show. After thanking friends, family, and colleagues, he spoke about the relation of the movie to what was really going on in the world today.
On a night where it could have been all about him and his first Oscar win, he used the platform to speak on climate change. We at Solar.com are very inspired to see one of the films greatest stars act so selflessly and use his influence to issue a call to action.
Check out the full speech below.
“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.”
Like your co-star the grizzly bear, we’re here to rip apart pollution with you 🙂