Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech.
DiCaprio said: “I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away”.
I don’t think we all think like that. I am optimistic about our capacity of understanding consequences of our actions and take the right actions to improve ourselves.
He also mentioned “But I think we know better than that. Every week, we’re seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here now. We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections”.
We should also remember the impacts of pollution on human health. The actual carbon emissions reduction is not sufficient for avoiding global warming, nor for reducing the effects of air pollution from transport on breathing and respiratory systems, damage to lung tissue, cancer, and premature death.
He said something that I consider relevant for making a significant change “To be clear, this is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car. This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, large-scale action”.
That’s right! we are all involve within the process of maintaining a good quality of life for our kids and I am not talking only about economic stability. It is about the luxury for breathing in a good quality air and having the option to find clean sea water to swim in.