Hollywood actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, has written an open letter to Joe Biden, the new President of the United States, called for action against climate change.
DiCaprio, who has been a leading environmental activist for some time, even used his Oscar-winning acceptance speech to raise awareness of the issues our planet faces. “Climate change is real, it is happening right now,” the actor said during his speech. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. 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.”
DiCaprio, reaffirming his fight for the cause, set up a non-profit organisation devoted to promoting environmental awareness in 1998 and has continued to fund numerous vital projects in a bid to combatting the dangerous climate change crisis. Now, as the United States welcomes a change in the White House, DiCaprio has reached out to the new president. “The time for us to confront the Climate Crisis is now,” he wrote in an open letter published through social media. “Today, I join world leaders from business, government, labor and the environmental movement in calling on President Joe Biden to be the climate leader we need and that science demands.”
The news comes after President Biden recently took the decision to return the US to the Paris Agreement, the international group dedicated to combatting the climate crisis. In what was one of Biden’s first acts as president, he reverted Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the agreement in 2017.
“The task ahead is enormous: the need to tackle the devastating global health crisis and economic crises, and the need to unite Americans in doing so, is urgent,” DiCaprio’s letter continued.
“As we recover from Covid-19 and rebuild the global economy, we must also act on climate change. In fact, these are not separate missions; they are one and the same. This is the most decisive decade in human history to confront the climate crisis.”
You can read the full letter, below.