Calling climate change “the most urgent threat facing our entire species,” Leonardo DiCaprio cited the global plight while accepting his first Oscar for “The Revenant” at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now,” said the actor, noting that 2015 was the hottest year in reported history. Research further substantiates DiCaprio’s statement: 2014 was our planet’s second hottest year on record, and the top 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1998.
DiCaprio has become one of the world’s most visible environmental activists, whether by participating in New York’s 2014 climate march, speaking to hundreds of electeds at last fall’s U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, receiving an award for his climate change work at the World Economic Forum in January in Davos, Switzerland, or pledging to divest from fossil fuels personally and on behalf of his environmental foundation.