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Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Summit Speech: 'We Only Get One Planet' - Watch Video & Read the Transcript!

Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Summit Speech: 'We Only Get One Planet' - Watch Video & Read the Transcript!

Leonardo DiCaprio stands at the podium to deliver a passionate speech at the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday morning (September 23) in New York City.

“We only get one planet. Humankind must become accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home. Protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species,” the 39-year-old Oscar nominated actor said on stage.

As an added bonus, Leonardo joined Instagram today!

“This seems like the perfect setting to join Instagram and share this view from the UN General Assembly. What a great honor this is. #Climate2014″ Leo wrote on his new account.

Check out his speech below….

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Summit Speech

Click inside for the full transcript of Leonardo’s speech…

Thank you, Mr. Secretary-General, your excellencies, ladies and gentleman, and distinguished guests. I’m honored to be here today, I stand before you not as an expert but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve our climate crisis.

As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems.

I believe humankind has looked at Climate Change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that Climate Change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.

But I think we know better than that. Every week
, we’re seeing new and undeniable Climate Events, evidence that accelerated Climate Change is here now. We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections.

None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and Governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The Chief of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that Climate Change is our single greatest security threat.

My Friends, this body – perhaps more than any other gathering in human history – now faces that difficult task. You can make history…or be vilified by it.

To be clear, this is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car. This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, large-scale action.

I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to be. Because the world’s scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis, if we do not act together, we will surely perish.

Now is our moment for action

We need to put a pricetag on carbon emissions, and eliminate government subsidies for coal, gas, and oil companies. We need to end the free ride that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a free-market economy, they don’t deserve our tax dollars, they deserve our scrutiny. For the economy itself will die if our eco-systems collapse.

The good news is that renewable energy is not only achievable but good economic policy. New research shows that by 2050 clean, renewable energy could supply 100% of the world’s energy needs using EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES, and it would create millions of jobs.

This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation – if, admittedly, a daunting one…

We only get one planet. Humankind must become accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home. Protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species.

This is the most urgent of times, and the most urgent of messages.

Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living.

But you do not. The people made their voices heard on Sunday around the world and the momentum will not stop. And now it’s YOUR turn, the time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet… is now.

I beg you to face it with courage. And honesty. Thank you.

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  • @Leo

    I am impressed. I bet you were nervous. :)

  • nina

    ughhh a washed out actor who won’t practice what he preaches and a failed, corrupted intergovernmental organisation I’m not even gonna waste my breath on this

  • Susan

    There is war in one part of the world and in another part people die from Ebola. And the United Nations worry about climate change. Come on, where is your priority?

  • Missy

    So much Leo, wow!!! Great guy <3

  • Ava

    This is so ridiculous, worry about your own DiCaprio footprint instead of preaching one way for the peasants while him and his rich politicians live another way… ..F-ck – off, no one cares about fake Global Warning.. Just away to get more taxes from the middle class.

  • bar wins!!
  • Lucy

    Leo is nothing but a two faced hypocrite who didn’t even graduate high school and he is speaking at the UN….give me a flipping break. He is a tool for the left just like all of the other Hollywood leftist tools who get paid well to screw the average American. This climate garbage is to promote a new carbon market which financially benefits the billionaires and globalists.

    The biggest hypocrite of them all is AL Gore whose carbon footprint exceeds those of a hundred US families. They are all Globalist elitest PIGS!

    The world will most likely end due to a clash of cultures with the likes of ISIS and the detonation of nuclear bombs or an asteroid colliding with the earth.

  • Blacksharpie
    I surprised he didn’t show up at this event last night?!

  • Xxx
  • Ram

    Funny how the media doesn’t call Al Gore and these frauds out, Inconvenient Truth came out over 10 years ago … And nothing that Al Gore predicted would happen by now has happened… Al Gore’s worth over 400 million, when he left the White House worth 3 million. A bunch millionaires trying to get even richer off the backs of Western tax payer and to control the public.

  • tigercub

  • Still Together

    Leo & Toni for life. 2.2

  • Beard

    @Still Together: Get a LIFE.

  • ####


    I wonder if Leo is heading right back to Canada now that the speech is over?

  • xyzc

    Leo, ure alrite, but ure just a tool and like most tools u have no idea what ure talking about. The planet is drowning in blood and all we care about is the global warming hoax. Makes total sense….

  • xyzc


    The elites want us stupid, nothing new, so they do everything to keep us dumbed down so they can easily manipulate us. We are being lied to on a massive scale. Now this is more obvious than ever. Anyone who believes in global warming must go and have a head check.

  • nope

    I won’t worry about changing a darn thing in my life Mr. Dicaprio until you do it yourself sir! I could drive a hummer to work for the rest of my life and not burn the fuel you did in one summer! Quit the yachts and private jets and maybe I will take your passion for the planet to heart

  • Dr. DiCaprio PHD

    This clown is tearing himself away from his frat boy lifestyle to put on his activist hat it seems. Does he have a movie to promote or are the fat jokes/dating children jokes/oscar jokes starting to get to him?How many Xanax did he need to ignore his s.ex and drug urges hmmm? What a martyr, I certainly want to be lectured by Leo DiDouchio

  • Dr. DiCaprio PHD

    @####: Leo ain’t spending any more time in Canada than he needs to. All that open air and Canadian beef… big no no’s for our precious Leo. I love Canada and I’m happy to see him stay away. Let him have his doses of US nightclubs and let Canada be in peace.

  • Dr. DiCaprio PHD

    “I stand before you not as an expert but as a concerned citizen, one of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York on Sunday, and the billions of others around the world who want to solve our climate crisis.”

    GIVE THIS MAN AN ORGANIC MEDAL!!!!!! It’s hard enough for him to walk a few steps with his swaying pot belly and non stop alcohol/nicotine/vagina urges WOW!!!! Who the hell allowed his nasal voice to fill the air?

  • Dr. DiCaprio PHD

    “Ladies and Gentlemen”

    Translation: OLD HAGS and mah bros!!! woo hoooooo

  • Geez

    The haters never stop. If his Oma was still alive I’m sure they’d be making sh*t comments about her just like they do with Irmelin.

  • Really???

    Now,I wanna know…what all the haters are doing for the EARTH ?

  • Day n night

    What happened to the rapping Leo? Want to impress the mums n dads who bought a Wolf of Wallstreet DVD for their teens?

  • Day n night

    Leo wanted to rap his speech sooo badly u can tell

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  • Still Together

    @Day n night: of course he did, he looked tired from all that hot SEX lastnight with Miss Garrn. He hated getting up out of bed from her. Miss—you sex can be EXHAUSTING. : )
    @Haters of Leo ‘s accomplishments GET A LIFE.

  • Leo and Hillary?

    Maybe it is them together at the Clinton Initiative Gala

  • Leo and Hillary?

    Wrong pic sorry. Here it is:

  • Yup

    @Leo and Hillary?: that is Hilary Clinton.

  • Amy

    Does this mean that Leo has officially given up on Mobli?

  • Dumb butt

    George Clooney says anyone famous on Twitter is a ‘moron’. On Instagram is even worse.

  • Who cares

    I didn’t know any gave a f*ck about George Clooney outside of 50 year old soccer moms.

  • Amy

    @Dumb butt:

    George Clooney is old and probably wouldn’t even understand Twitter.

  • poor leo

    Wonder what catchy hashtag he’s going to use on his IG. I hope isn’t “Killing It” or “Wolves”

  • DailyMail comment

    Funny to notice photos of him walking alone and then walking with friends as if his publicist orchestrated a walk down the street.

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  • Lol

    Toni is now following leo on instagram, i knew she would! ;)

  • Speech editor needed STAT

    “I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems”

    um…. aren’t most of his characters real people? lol and yeah I didn’t consider the “message” of wolf of wallstreet to be fictitious wtff leo

  • Speech editor needed STAT

    “My friends”


    Leo doesn’t have friends hehehehehehehehehehe

  • Speech editor needed STAT

    Leo’s original speech: “THIS IZZZ F-UCKINNN AMEWICAA!!!!!!!!”

  • T bone

    @Lol: His number 1 fangirl.

  • Amy


    But is Leo following her back?

  • Amy

    Leo is following four people on Instagram. Can anyone tell me who they are?

  • @Amy

    Mark Ruffalo, UN, Sierra Club and WWF.

  • Dumb butt

    What’s next? Posting selfies? Show his Mark ryden paintings? Vacations pictures?

  • Amy


    Cool, thanks!

    My new favorite bromance is between him and Mark. We need a name for them though.

    Leork? Mao?