Oscar Speeches: DiCaprio’s Environmental Message

Leonardo DiCaprio finally earned his first Oscar Awards at his fifth nomination  at the 88th annual Academy Awards.  Like some past honorees, he used his speech to discuss climate change, emphasizing that he saw the direct results of the changing planet while shooting the picture The Revenant.

Dicaprio continued, “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.”

An environmentalist, the actor has often used social media as a platform to inform others about the planet’s issues, often retweeting President Obama, Wold Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace and sharing relevant articles on his Facebook page.

Earlier this month, DiCaprio received the Crystal Award, which recognizes the achievements of leading artists who have shown commitment to improving the state of the world, at the World Economic Forum.

DiCaprio wasn’t the only winner to speak out about climate change.  Jenny Beavan, who won best costume design for Mad Max: Fury Road, also took the opportunity to talk about the environment.

“I just want to say one quite serious thing, I’ve been thinking about this a lot, but actually it could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max, if we’re not kinder to each other, and if we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere, so you know, it could happen,” Beavan said.