Leonardo DiCaprio waited a long time to win the Oscar and when he took to the podium to accept he made sure to take advantage of the moment and turn the spotlight onto the issue of climate change.
He wasn’t speaking to the largely liberal Academy Awards audience assembled in the Dolby Theater, who already are likely just as passionate about whatever Al Gore spews from his smokestack as he is, no the yacht-loving thespian was instead speaking to American voters and to conservative politicians who, oddly, often oppose actual conservation. The preachy pretty boy locavore who drives a gas sipping Prius yet imports supermodels with an expiration date of 24 years old from every corner of the globe wants politicians to do their part.
However, there was something different about this speech. Sure, we’ve heard these things a million times before and our legislators have certainly heard it almost twice as often and from experts on the subject but something about this speech by a man who plays make believe for a living was different.
And what happened, then? Well, in Washington D.C. they say – that the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan’s small minds grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of national defense and independence through domestic, cheap, unlimited green energy came through, and Mitch and Paul found the strength of ten big oil, coal and gas lobbyists, plus two!
Here’s a transcript of the relevant part of his Revenant acceptance speech:
“…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.”