By Elizabeth Hoffman
The 88th Academy Awards was held on February 28th and presented brilliant actors and actresses for their incredible work in the film industry. One individual in particular that was nominated and awarded the 2016 Oscar for best actor in a leading role was Leonardo DiCaprio for his arduous performance in The Revenant. He not only presented a heartwarming speech by thanking the Academy, his family, and his fellow nominees for their works, but he also addressed climate change and saving the earth and how that had a connection with his awarded film.
DiCaprio’s film, The Revenant, “was about man’s relationship to the natural world,” DiCaprio explained in his acceptance speech. In 2015, it was recorded as the hottest year in history, which was a problem for production. Considering, his cast and crew had to move to the Southern tip of South America just to find snow, which was a necessity for the film. Climate change is not only a threat to the entire planet, but a destruction to the environment, our economy and the species that inhabit this earth, including humanity.
“We need to support leaders around the world who don’t have a voice for the top polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions of unprivileged people who would be most affected by this happening, for our children’s children, and for those people whose voices have been drowned by the politics of greed” said DiCaprio last night. We are the developers of our future leaders, and we all should take action now, that way the next generation can look at us as leaders of the present and become motivated to be leaders of the future.
DiCaprio finished off his insightful, vital, and educated speech by stating, “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.” If we all stop and think about how much the earth has done for us and has given us, we should then start giving back. Our earth can only do and give so much; it’s up to us if we want our home to be a safe, healthy place.