He’s an actor — yes, a successful and popular performer. Someone who memorizes lines in a script and delivers them on cue, pretending to be someone he’s not. He’s not a scientist. Not a researcher. Not a teacher nor a scholar. Not elected to any office or board or regulatory body. Only appointed to an honorary position as a “Messenger of Peace” for the United Nations.
Yet, a bearded, pony-tailed Leonardo DiCaprio was given a major speaking role on Tuesday before the body of world leaders gathered for the U.N Climate Summit in New York. And he told those dignitaries — in no uncertain terms, without any expression of doubt or consideration of alternative opinions — that they must immediately take action to address climate change — “the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet.”
The Huffington Post reports on DiCaprio’s speech in which he declared that drastic action must be taken to prevent an imminent disaster — action that includes new regulations and restrictions on industry — measures sure to change Americans’ lifestyles as it hits them hard in the pocketbook.
We need to put a pricetag on carbon emissions, and eliminate government subsidies for coal, gas, and oil companies. We need to end the free ride that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a free-market economy, they don’t deserve our tax dollars, they deserve our scrutiny. For the economy itself will die if our eco-systems collapse.
Only hours before President Obama is scheduled to address the United Nations–and is likely to announce a number of executive actions that could diminish American sovereignty by putting the country’s economic future in the hands of the U.N.–DiCaprio delivered his monologue to the world.
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You can see the actor’s U.N. address by clicking on the video above.