The 29th of February 2016 was probably not a day like any other. And we are not just talking about the fact that we will not see another 29th for the month of February until 2020. That day, Leonardo di Caprio won his first Oscar, after years and years of attempts to get on that stage and give us all his two cents. And wow, Leo, who was expecting that!
We all remained astonished in listening to one of the most awaited moments in the history of cinema, especially when di Caprio reached the conclusion of his acceptance speech, which we report and you can watch (if you haven’t done so a thousand times already) here.
“…And lastly I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. 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. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”
A bit of sustainability, a touch of green and environmental-friendliness all mixed with consciousness and awareness of how the global climate is being damaged by pollution and other factors: these all contributed to a perfect recipe for Leonardo di Caprio to make a perfect speech.
On the light of this, is there any lesson we can learn from his words?
One is definitely that saving energy nowadays should not just be optional. Everyone can and should try to contribute to a better world, with small expedients in our everyday life. Turning off the light when not needed, eco-friendly laundry washing cycles, and any other precaution related to this… it all can actually make a difference, both for us and for future generations.
We all care a lot about those who are closest to us. But people say that “it is a small world”… So let’s start looking after it too, all together.