Leonardo DiCaprio’s Paris Agreement Demand

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This year’s Earth Day ushered in the signing of 175 countries of the United Nations signing the Paris Climate Accord. It was a moment of historic proportions given that no other agreement has ushered in an agreement with so many. As the U.N.’s Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio was given the honor of delivering the introductory speech before the agreement was formally signed by the representatives. With the signed treaty, each country pledges to take concrete action so that global temperatures are below 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.

Take a look at DiCaprio’s speech below:

Calling the climate dilemma the “defining crisis of our time,” DiCaprio corroborated the signing; yet urged for even greater political progress for the future. He continued:

“We can congratulate each other today, but it will mean 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 […]The world is now watching. You will either be lauded by future generations or vilified by them.”