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Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech (Transcript)

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UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio’s opening remarks at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City on September 23, 2014.

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Introducing speaker: Please welcome newly-appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio – Actor

Thank you, Mr Secretary General, your Excellencies ladies and gentlemen 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 that mankind has looked at climate change in that same way, as if it were fiction, as if pretending the climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.

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