When Leonardo DiCaprio accepted his long-awaited Oscar for Best Actor in 'The Revenant', he devoted the end of his speech to implore the world to act on his favorite cause: climate change.
He explained that he did not take the night for granted because he said climate change is real. "Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world ... climate change is real," said DiCaprio.
DiCaprio's dedication to environmentalism is relatively new for the 41-year-old actor who has been working in Hollywood nearly all his life. He and Al Gore appeared at the Academy Awards in 2007 -- where Gore also collected an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth" -- to declare the Academy Awards incorporated sustainable environmental planning in the production process. Two years later, DiCaprio made headlines when he ditched a large black car to show-up at the red carpet and opted instead for a Toyota Prius.
Despite DiCaprio's dedication to fighting climate change, scientists believe there has been no warming since 1998, destroying climate models backed by UN committees. Michael Mann, who constructed the famous hockey stick formula seen in Al Gore's movie that explained how global warming gasses slowly heat the Earth until it is too late, co-authored an article in Nature this week that conceded that there has been no global warming for 17 years.
"It is happening right now," DiCaprio told the world-watched Academy Awards show on Sunday while clutching his 8-pound Oscar statuette. "It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."
After winning his Oscar, DiCaprio took his mother and friends to the Governor's Ball, Vanity Fair event, and late dinner in a large SUV.