At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Hollywood star of "The Revenant" spoke of "corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries".
DiCaprio is well known for the work he's done through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he founded in 1998 "with the mission of protecting the world's last wild places" and is "dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants."
His Foundation supports 'innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities' and works in four key areas: protecting biodiversity, oceans conservation, wildlands conservation and climate change. Also according to his website, there are over 25 million people that have since become his followers and faithful fighters for a better tomorrow of the planet.
Along with along with will.i.am, Yao Chen and Olafur Eliasson, the UN Messenger of Peace DiCaprio was honoured with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum for his Foundation work on numerous environmental projects, including his firey commitment to fight against the climate crisis.
"Last month in Paris, world leaders reached a historic agreement that provides a concrete framework to reduce carbon emissions," DiCaprio said during his acceptance speech and urged world leaders not to stop there, but to take more decisive action. "This was an important first step, but we are a long way off from claiming victory in this fight for our future and for the survival of our planet."
Then, he added something most media labelled as a courageous verbal attack on the greed of the world's energy industry. DiCaprio stated that "we simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied and even covered-up the evidence of our changing climate."
In the words of this year's potential Oscar winner: "Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet."
He presented a solution by stating that "our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Twenty years ago, we described this problem as an addiction. Today, we possess the means to end this reliance."
If you're wondering, what Leonardo DiCaprio's full speech was like, check the video (by BBC News) below.