Leonardo Di Caprio gives emotional speech on climate change

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, in his capacity as United Nations Messenger of Peace addressed world leaders gathered at the U.N. on Friday (April 22) to sign a deal to slow climate change.

The deal widely known as the “Paris Agreement” is set to be signed by more than 165 countries – the most states to endorse an international agreement on day one, a record backers hope will inspire swift implementation.

DiCaprio however cautioned that signing the agreement is not enough and that real life implementations are needed to reverse climate change.

“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. And upheaval, a massive change is required right now, one that leads to new collective consciousness, a new collective evolution of the human race, inspired and enabled by a sense of urgency from all of you,” he told delegates gathered at the U.N. General Assembly hall.

He continued: “We can congratulate each other today, but it will absolutely nothing if you return to your countries and fail to push beyond the promises of this historic agreement. Now is the time for bold, unprecedented action. My friends, look at the delegates around you, it is time to ask each other: ‘Which side of history will you be on?'”

The United Nations expects some 60 heads of state and government at the signing ceremony.

The previous first-day record for signatures was set in 1982 when 119 states signed the Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“It is time to declare no more talk, no more excuses, no more 10 year studies, no more allowing the fossil fuel companies to manipulate and dictate the signs and policies that affect our future. This is the body that can do what is needed. All of you sitting in this very hall. The world is now watching. You will either be lauded by future generations or vilified by them,” DiCaprio said.

Many states still need a parliamentary vote to formally approve the agreement. It will only enter into force when ratified by at least 55 nations representing 55 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

China and the United States, the world’s top emitters accounting together for 38 percent of emissions, are due to sign, along with Russia and India, who round out the top four.

Courtesy: Reuters- America Teve

About Sabina Covo

Sabina started her career as a journalist in 1999. She graduated with a Communications Degree from Florida International University and has worked as a journalist, TV and Radio Anchor and Reporter for different stations and print publications in Latin America and the US including Caracol, W Radio, Austrian National Television, America Teve, Canal sur, NBC and Telemundo. She served as the director of Media Relations for Gordon Reyes and Associates in Miami and was nominated for a Raising Star Award by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. She has a Building our Community award for her collaboration with the March of Dimes, and is part of Sharing for Kids. Sabina is a columnist for El Nuevo Herald in Miami, and a journalist and TV personality for America Teve.

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