Finally, Leonardo DiCaprio won the Academy Award after more than 20 years pursuing. Mixed by diversity and sexual assault topics, Leonardo’s winning remains the biggest story to have happened Sunday night at Dolby Theatre. However, his acceptance speech caught my attention for the advocacy to protect the environment. DiCaprio said in his speech: “Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating…Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
It is impressive that DiCaprio dedicated half of the speech time (probably one of his most glorious two minutes) to advocate climate issues. I’m sure his speech will inspire many audiences to think about the climate change issue seriously. Without previous knowledge about DiCaprio as an environmentalist, I googled related news and found his long-time effort to educating and supporting global climate issues, by raising his foundation and giving speeches.
It’s not only great actors and actresses like DiCaprio who are dedicated to environmental problems, even the richest person on the planet is trying to contribute in his own way. Bill Gates, who was asked of one superpower he wishes to have by high school students, writes down more energy for the world communities. Although simple as it looks, Gates explains his concern of excessive carbon dioxide and wises human could produce clean and cheap energy in developing areas in the future. He admits it takes a miracle to find the solution because of the urgency we are facing right now.
For me, Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Gates are as important as research institutions in solving environmental problems. The funding they raised are is incredible, while the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is awarded $45 Million and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation, but what I value most is their influence on the greater population. Celebrities are always the focus of spotlights and many people see them as role models, especially for teenagers. We read climate change on the news and in books, but sometimes we just don’t realize it is so close to us. Celebrities don’t necessarily have expertise as technical professions, but people intend to think it cool and follow celebrities. I would like to believe many who watched the Oscars last Sunday will remember DiCaprio’s speech and change their behaviors in the future. No matter if they’re using more buses instead of cars or create an innovation in new technology, every step would help the earth to be a better place.
To get more celebrities involved, we should have certain channels to appreciate their dedication. More reports or even special trophies could be award to celebrities. Maybe Oscars could have an award for celebrities who participate in good deeds. And more films about climate issues should be merited. In this way, hopefully more celebrities would join Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Gates to inspire the society and save the world.