Leonardo DiCaprio’s Powerful Climate Summit Speech
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Powerful Climate Summit Speech

Thank you, Mr Secretary General, your excellencies,
ladies and gentleman, and distinguished guests. I’m honored to be here today, I stand before
you not as an expert but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the
streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve
our climate crisis. As an actor I pretend for a living. I play
fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. 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. 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. None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is
hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and governments know it,
even the United States military knows it. The chief of the US navy’s Pacific command,
admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that climate change is our single greatest security
threat. My Friends, this body – perhaps more than
any other gathering in human history – now faces that difficult task. You can make history
… or be vilified by it. 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. I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to
be. Because the world’s scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis,
if we do not act together, we will surely perish. Now is our moment for action. We need to put a price tag 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 ecosystems collapse. The good news is that renewable energy is
not only achievable but good economic policy. New research shows that by 2050 clean, renewable
energy could supply 100% of the world’s energy needs using existing technologies,
and it would create millions of jobs. This is not a partisan debate; it is a human
one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving
this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation – if, admittedly,
a daunting one. We only get one planet. Humankind must become
accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home. Protecting
our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species. This is the most urgent of times, and the
most urgent of messages. Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I
pretend for a living. But you do not. The people made their voices heard on Sunday around
the world and the momentum will not stop. And now it’s YOUR turn, the time to answer
the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet … is now. I beg you to face it with courage. And honesty.
Thank you.


  • JB_XYZ

    Ha. Leo.

    He leases a YACHT that burns more oil and fuel in one day than a group of regular folk burn in a YEAR.

    Luckily for him, I seperate the man from the actor and will watch Revenant 😉

  • Jay J

    Nothing really qualifies him to speak to anything scientific as he acknowledges that he is a pretender.  Also … Let's solve the Ozone problem from the 80's.

  • Jay J

    Here's an idea … let's pass laws and regs in the U.S. and ship it off to other countries like China.  They have no regs.  If we were concerned with "global" why would we do that?  Makes no sense to me.

  • Ka Boom

    Hey Leo what did you do for a living before a multi-million dollar acting career was thrown on your lap? Oh that's, right absolutely nothing. So basically for your entire life you've been leeching off the hard work of other people while having your arse kissed. And how do you pay those people back? By promoting a scam that rips them off. What a guy

  • Leo Daniels

    This guy is PAID to say all this nonsense. Even if the US did everything it could, it wouldn't make a dent in the WORLD because other countries don't care and don't care what any actor has to say. Think about this, in the 1970's our government was telling us that by the year 2000 that the world would be out of oil and we'd be living in an ICE AGE! Then Al Gore comes along and changes it to GLOBAL WARMING, but then uh oh the polar ice caps are INCREASING not decreasing and we have now had the coldest winters on record for the past few years so they had to change it from global warming to CLIMATE CHANGE! Wake up, the government is in the business of LYING to us and getting our hard earned money! The climate changes and will continue to change no matter wtf we do! Stop falling for this garbage. Did everyone forget when those scientists emails were released and they were caught fudging the numbers??

  • fight me gook yecciiss

    Stick to satanic rituals and rim jobs on your alien masters. Everyone knows climate change is bollocks. There's more climate change coming out of this slags mouth than there is out of a 10 ton truck.

  • Adrienne Miller

    he didnt mention that more than half of the greenhouse effects is caused by Animal Farming. lifestock. meat and diary industry!!!

  • Mark W

    Leonardo, you effectively muddied the waters 1 minute into your speech, just exactly what is global warming/climate change, is it the constant and ever changing weather conditions of planet earth or is it pollution i.e your reference to acidifying of ocean waters, methane plumes etc, because industrialised pollutions are something that should be dealt with by responsible industry/corporations and enforced by government/s; not governments taxing their populations that they have effectively been in coercion with business for profit. For your own information and for whom ever it is that is instructing you and writing your speeches, there is this thing that has been effecting the global weather condition for millions/billions of years, it is called a Solar Max & Solar Min, no amount of taxing is going to change this. If you want to know where all the carbon is coming from, take a look under the ocean at the tectonic plate movement with underwater volcanoes, is all the tax money going to plug those up? NO! There are simply too many lies around this issue and too many parasites capitalizing off of the false fraudulent information. Your one of my favorite actors, if you did this off your own back I fear you are misinformed, if you did this for money, shame, Morgan Freeman did one too. There are an ever growing number of people around the globe that have no faith in government, bureaucracy, international governance bureaucracies such as U.N. etc; I simply see this as another burden on my family budget, I may have to join the winning side and become a social security bludger, working for a living doesn't work. Cheers.

  • Determinationism

    Stop Chemtrails, Geoengineering, H.A.A.R.P., mining – drilling – killing innocent children, steeling foreign land…. Starting wars with countries for agenda21. I could go on and on, there is not one goverment that is free of Corupt staff. Government staff getting rich from honest citizen's TAXES. Everone must stop paying their taxes & get all you money out the bank. THIS WOULD SHUT DOWN THEIR PLAN THE MOMENT you do this the Nightmare is over.

  • Nino Bennett

    You are not preaching to the quire, these people have profited and are there because of these practices… you have been too soft my friend, but polite and correct for the first time. Next time expose who funds their campaigns. all of them, from every nation, and attack them, and then… after that, ask politely again… earn the write to be there, u are in that position, but expose them and ask politely…. these people all have their houses and positions and families payed by Energy… ask politely. They wont do anything, just pretend and camouflage with language their inaction. So long as they get payed, they wont rock the boat. But these lives you open to A 3RD intervention, and in this one, no bars held, because this one is not for them to hear, but for the world to hear. Tell all the truth and dont hold any punches… hard yes… would i have the guts to do it… who cares… you are in that position, you can make a difference. Shake up the boat if you really feel it. I do…

  • William Minnaar

    Nice speech Leo… The problem is dude.. The Elite of this planet do not WANT us to survive!

    Simple…According to the Georgia Guild Stones, "they" [Elite banking and Bulderberg Group muppets] want this entire planet for themselves.. and to do that – They want to eliminate 6.5 BILLION people!

    Weather it by starvation, war; dehydration or us killing each other over pathetic racial or religious differences!

    They do NOT CARE!! They, believe that they are entitled to this planet.. because they have been LIED to by the ultimate deceiver… They know it.. And you Mr. DiCaprio.. know this too… being part of Holly Wood!

    Has no one seen what has come out about Chem-Trails? What was said when it was found out, that chem-trails are in the budget of many countries… Oh sorry!

    What about H.A.A.R.P [Invented by Nicola Tesla early 1900's] – ie: Controlling the WEATHER… WHY can they not MAKE it rain where it is needed… because they DO NOT CARE!!

    What about FREE clean energy for ALL – Invented by NICOLA TESLA… and STOLEN by J.P Morgan!

    What about Anti-Gravity – Invented by NICOLA TESLA – and USED and TESTED by the Nazi's in WW2!?

    What about the power and energy in sound – ie" Great Pyramid of Giza… Sound ENERGY!

    They Lie to us, and steal from us…. Do you really think that they CARE about any other human on this planet!

    They have been DUPED… into believing that they can WIN… They will NOT WIN!!

    GOD and Jesus will stop them.. when the time is right… just like the Flood – Tower of Babel!!

    It will happen again!


  • Anacleto Rosas

    Congratulations From Brasil !!
    Leonardo DiCaprio's!
    "I want to show my penchant for the UN"
    When studied in Our Country "(Brazil) ;. learned;! That our rulers or people are in conflict" The United Nations "! Together we can change, what went wrong" Assign it to a country of the Third World; where history was withheld "For Immigration" was the Promised Land. "
    Today the World You Can not see Peace "For the ambition or the satisfaction Personnel each" .There are Globalized "
    Why? Onu We pay expensive to have just a Dignified Life !?
    "By voting we chose our Ruler."!?
    For a child; this is very secure "But when we come to the course gives life" Abandoned by Age!
    And we see, that we were forgotten ".We stayed Fruity, not with the teachers on went by" The Information and respect. "
    But the detachments ".What the campaign promises us reap"
    Neglect to the derision of lost hopes "For they underestimate our discernment capacity."
    PS: Congratulations

  • Sockosophie

    The only reason for climate change is the disappearing amount of pirates on this planet. Hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster 😀

  • Ann Pearson

    You are a liar, fraud, and disgrace to God almighty spreading disinformation about climate change that does not exist except for those in high places geoengineering and manipulating weather for their own agenda. You should be buying yourself a stairway to heaven instead of temporary earthly fame and fortune. Decaprio you are full of crap. May god have mercy on your soul.

  • dansw58

    Anyone who claims to care about the climate and environment but vehemently denies or tries to discredit the chemtrail phenomenon is a fraud. Chemtrails are currently the biggest threat to the air we breath, water we drink, crops we eat, etc. and would be at the top of the list of any person truly concerned about the climate and our well being. Hollywood is now in full force trying to help indoctrinate us to believe chemtrails are normal and have always been there as we see them today. They are putting them in movies, commercials and even cartoons, the airforce even has a new recruitment commercial out showing a big chemtrail right over an airforce base. This is false and should be obvious to anyone who grew up in the 70's or 80's and remember the consistent clear blue skies we had on summer days without a bunch of horizon to horizon trains littering the sky. If you refuse to talk about or acknowledge chemtrails, you do not care about the environment. Just for fun, any of you people here who want to see the latest in indoctrination to convince you multiple chemtrails plaguing the sky is normal, look up a movie called "The Choice" from this year, watch the first 20 seconds or so and see if you notice anything funny about that sunset they show lol.

    Chemtrails started off with them just doing one or two here and there to condition us to the idea that it is normal to see trails like that but now in the past couple years they are ramping it up using more and more planes to cover larger areas of the sky since the sheep are accepting it. Last summer and the start of the warm season this year have been ridiculous and so blatant. Along with the changes in the sky, the changes can be seen in hollywood as the most recent movies and cartoons are now also putting multiple trails in the sky rather then just one or two. The hollywood occultists keep modifying to match what the government is doing so that your subconscious mind is programmed to accept what you see going on in the sky as "normal" to convince you it's always been that way.

  • crepeaunutella crepeaunutella

    climate change is good for business. melting ice in the north pole will make it easier to get the oil.

  • Human Extinction By 2030

    The truth is coming. In 10 years there will be no climate change deniers. Because defending against sea level rise will be the #1 employer in the world!

  • The Daily Conversation

    Stand with Leonardo and vote for climate action this November by registering to vote, it's easy! Select your state from the dropdown menu: https://goo.gl/akYL0k

  • Brandt McCall

    A healthy, compassionate vegan lifestyle is one of the top choices we as individuals can make to reduce our personal greenhouse gas emissions and live more sustainably. It takes over 1500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef/pork or chicken while only about 400 for beans/legumes which also are high in protein and many other nutrients.

    Many elite athletes are vegan, ie. Serena Williams and wow there are so many vegan/nutritious/delicious options in stores and restaurants, now. Choose a healthy vegan diet ie. bean burritos with cashew vegan cheese sauce and avocados/tomatos/lettuce verses chips. All the best to everyone.

  • Robusti09

    I URGE you to look in to what Paul Beckwith((He is an Part-time professor in climatology; working on Ph.D. in abrupt climate change. Engineering and physics background with a varied experience base including product management and organization, teaching, and research (academic and corporate)) has to say about the issue and, if you find his knowledge&information valuable enough, act on it. The Earth is in a state of abrupt climate change and this has been the case for decades. It is semantic&absurd to debate when we hit the tipping point, as the climate is too complex chaotic system to have any realistic estimate to that. If you read my post and go to Pauls site, you must understand why i wrote what i wrote. here is the link to Pauls home site https://www.google.co.th/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwj5l9vMlvHOAhWGq48KHdpOCHgQFggaMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpaulbeckwith.net%2F&usg=AFQjCNGypHS5_rL5iPjUbkwdGiBdQzYkeg&sig2=kRBxkSYO_KspOYzKZ3h42g&bvm=bv.131783435,d.c2I

  • I Donut Care

    Three words – MAGNETIC POLE SHIFT. Don't get me wrong, we should all, especially the large corporations who maliciously rape and pollute the land, give a damn about the earth and how we tread on it, but I don't think anyone has the power to change the effects that the magnetic poles shifting is having on this planet. We are being misdirected from the truth.

  • dean watson

    Poor Leonardo has been duped. Climate change is natural, we have 5 ice ages that prove this, all followed by warming periods. No scientist has been able to prove that man made co2 emissions cause climate change. Not a single one. He is on the wrong side of history

  • Wilbur Jenkins

    It's freaking 60 degrees in late November here in New Jersey. Should have had a few snows by now and I'm walking outside with a T-shirt on. I've lived here all my life and don't remember it ever being this warm this late in the year. Few years ago we have a pretty big snow storm on Halloween.

  • Judit Quintana

    Some people joke about climate change. Some people know it's real and they act against it. Some others think it's real but they won't be able to change day to day habits to avoid the damage we are making to Earth, so they end up acting like the ones who joke about it.

    It's really common that people who are creating more and more damage to the planet have never seen a documentary or have never searched for real facts and information.

    But the most important problem is that measures governments could take to save the world don't benefit most companies at all. What if we close Starbucks because of the big waste of plastic they cause? What if we tell people to go shopping less because it seems that they don't know that their habits are not sustainable? This won't happen, at least not in the next 20 years, but do we really need someone to tell us we are not being responsible about the waste we are generating?

  • we see the ligh

    Leonardo thank you for the truth. I came up with an idea some years ago – making plywood from recyclable leaves. This would save many trees. I made a small prototype , and it is possible and simple. Unable to get a patent and with no more money to invest, I give this idea to anyone who is interested. Saving our planet on idea at a time is far more important than commercial greed.

  • Katie Gray

    And he is the one who is letting his private jet give off 'climate change' gasses
    So what I'm saying is he is a hypocrite

  • zombiewack

    Give me a break. The UN is such a joke. To have this idiot who has the silliest job on the planet to speak is ridiculous. The UN is a joke.


    why do we need actors to tell us about scientific topics and issues..there are other qualified people to do that ..surely?. this idiot does not know anything

  • PotterBooksInHindi

    'I pretend for the living you do not' – I think you might be a little wrong there my friend knowing there are all kinds of politicians who are better actors than you are (no offense).

  • Joel

    I'm a conservative, and I can see the change in the climate. Why do people think facts differ because of their political beliefs? Democrats will say Hillary is innocent even though they know she is guilty, and republicans won't ever believe in climate change. This is pure stupidity.

  • BlankFacedUser

    "Global Warming" is perhaps the World's Greatest Completely Fictitious Crisis to justify the United Nations as an actual One World Government.

  • Tushar Bedse

    Thank You So much Leo!!!! You have inspired in very positive way and yes, we should work collectively to save our ecosystem.

  • ниндзя музыка видеоблога

    Looks like this just went in one ear and out the other….. When our plants eco system collapses, a simple "I told you so" will not be even slightly gratifying… This means the end of life as we know it… Come on people! Only you can change our grim fate…..

  • dentist linguist

    Why can't some people believe the scientists? Then they could also claim that the earth is flat, that the sun orbits the earth, that antibiotics don't work, etc. Some people are more stupid than you can imagine. People and animals are suffering all over the world this summer and they still don't get it.

  • Aoife Dowling

    Iiiiiiiii believe thisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Peter Grossett

    Another member of the elite pontificating to the great unwashed. He acts for a living and so do pro climate change hoaxers. This is an extra tax scam to enrich thr 1% even further.

  • TheGamerInside

    Powerful, Motivational…seems like I'm willing to start taking actions towards the betterment of the environment at my age…..

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