Tackling climate change is the “biggest economic opportunity” in the history of the United States, no matter who holds political office, said Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio.
“There are a few, very prominent people that still deny the overwhelming conclusions of the world’s scientists that climate change is largely human-caused and needs immediate urgent attention,” he told a U.N. awards ceremony on Friday evening.
But “the truth” about climate change has spread like “wildfire”, he added.
Earlier this month, 42-year-old DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met with Trump and his team, reportedly arguing that support for renewable energy could create millions of jobs.
“In less than 100 years of our pollution-based prosperity, we humans have put our entire existence in jeopardy,”
warned DiCaprio, who released his own documentary “Before the Flood” on the impacts of global warming two months ago. By the way, if you haven’t watched that… Do it like now…
DiCaprio, who won an Oscar this year for playing a fur trapper battling nature’s elements in “The Revenant”, said his documentary is the most viewed “in history … (showing) just how much the world cares about the issue of climate change”.
But he said the battle to address it is far from over,
calling on the world to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into effect in November, and to “go further”.
People everywhere are acting to curb the damage to humans, nature and wildlife from a warming planet, DiCaprio said – from putting a price on carbon emissions, to buying cleaner cars, eating less meat, and businesses vowing to be carbon-neutral.
“To those who may be discouraged by nay-sayers, let me remind you, the environmental awakening is all over the world and the progress we have made so far … has always been because of people, not governments,”
DiCaprio told the United Nations Correspondents Association event in downtown New York.
And while there is an arena for businesses and governments to effect climate policy, we can help too.
By choosing to participate in a conscientious, sustainable economy, we can make an enormous difference. Our money keeps businesses and governments functioning and so if we choose not to give our money to institutions that are making irresponsible decisions, these institutions will be forced to change their policies or cease to exist.
One of the biggest industries that negatively impacts the planet is animal agriculture.
The livestock industry is responsible for 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – that’s more than the transportation sector. Not to mention, this industry also uses 23 percent of world’s freshwater and occupies 45 percent of the global land – yet one billion people go to bed hungry every night. By moving toward a plant-based diet we can each cut our carbon footprint in half and make a huge impact in the fight against climate change.
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