DiCaprio Uses Oscar Platform To Bemoan Man-Made Global Warming [VIDEO]

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Leonardo DiCaprio used most of his Oscar acceptance speech Sunday to rail against man-made global warming and bemoan the “greedy” coal companies he says cause environmental damage.

“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 jut to be able to find snow,” DiCaprio said during his acceptance speech.

He added: “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.”

DiCaprio concluded his speech by admonishing the audience to champion “leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity — for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will 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.”


DiCaprio, 41, who won his first Oscar, continued his global warming speech during comments backstage.

“To not only talk about the film, but to be able to talk about climate change on a platform that hundreds of millions of people are watching … to say this is the most existential crisis our civilization has ever known — I wanted to speak out about that,” he said. “The time is now. It’s imperative we act.”

He also told entertainment reporters people need to consider global warming when voting for the next president in 2016.

“Certainly with this upcoming election, the truth is this: if you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in modern science or empirical truths — and you will be on the wrong side of history,” he said.

The White House sent out a congratulatory tweet to DiCaprio Sunday night.

The “Titanic” actor is well known for jet setting around the world for environmental causes, as well as using super luxurious yachts while vacationing in the French Riviera.

When not making films or championing saving the planet, DiCaprio can be seen vacationing in the Caribbean on the opulent super yacht Paraffin, which is powered by two diesel Caterpillar motors, and constructed by luxury yacht maker Fraser yachts.

DiCaprio has been busy recently traveling around the world and talking about global warming.

“Climate change is the most fundamental and existential threat to our species. The consequences are unthinkable and worse, it has the potential to make our planet unlivable,” DiCaprio told an audience in Paris, prior to last year’s Paris climate summit. “Our future will hold greater prosperity and justice when we are free from the grip of fossil fuels.”

And in Davos, Switzerland, attending the World Economic Forum, DiCaprio told an audience the greediness of coal companies is contributing to man-made global warming.

“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” DiCaprio told the crowd. “Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied and even covered-up the evidence of our changing climate.”

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