'Now is the time for bold, unprecedented action': Leonardo DiCaprio gives impassioned speech about climate change at the United Nations

UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio addresses the United Nations Opening Ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement on Climate on Friday

UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio addresses the United Nations Opening Ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement on Climate on Friday

By KELLY MCLAUGHLIN and ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

  • Leonardo DiCaprio spoke at the United Nations on Friday before the Paris Agreement for Climate Change Signing
  • DiCaprio urged them to leave fossil fuels 'in the ground where they belong'
  • He is a UN Messenger of Peace with special focus on climate change
  • The 41-year-old's impassioned speech to world leaders fell on Earth Day
  • The Academy Award winner told world leaders they are the 'last best hope' for saving the planet from the disastrous effects of global warming

Leonardo DiCaprio told world leaders at the United Nations on Friday that they are the 'last best hope' for saving the planet from the disastrous effects of global warming.

The Academy Award winner urged them to leave fossil fuels 'in the ground where they belong' as he spoke before the Paris Agreement for Climate Change Signing.

'We can congratulate each other today, but it will mean absolutely nothing' if you return to your countries and don't take action to implement the deal, DiCaprio said.

The 41-year-old actor's impassioned speech at the UN Headquarters in New York fell on Earth Day.

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How Small Cities Can Act on Climate and Inequality

By Justin Talbot Zorn, JAMN Steering Committee member, Truman National Security Fellow, Public Policy Consultant, Meditation Teacher


This year, as global average temperatures reach unprecedented highs, arctic sea ice recedes to record lows, and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceeds 400 parts per million, Congress is—predictably—focused on cutting funding for environmental protection and dismantling the Clean Power Plan.

While there are some long-term prospects for federal-level action on climate, the near-term view from Capitol Hill is still bleak. For climate campaigners, environmental justice activists, and people generally concerned with the sustainability of human civilization, the writing is on the wall: Real action rests with states and localities.

Oregon, Hawaii, and Vermont have acted to eliminate the use of coal in power generation and, along with other forward-looking states, have set strong renewable energy mandates. Thanks to surprising alliances between libertarians and progressives, some deep red states like Georgia have made green policy choices, particularly on solar. Many of the world’s largest cities from New York to London to Singapore are making tangible commitments to carbon neutrality. Through initiatives like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Compact of Mayors, the major cities that account for more than 70 percent of global population are spearheading innovative and potentially transformative steps to decarbonize the global economy.

Still, some of the most promising ideas and efforts are actually coming from small cities.

Boulder, Colorado (population: 105,112) is working to municipalize its utility, currently owned by for-profit Xcel Energy, in order to transition to a renewable-focused model that returns a portion of profits to city or county authorities to supplement local budgets and support broader green initiatives.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Introduces Climate Change Resolution on First Day of UN Climate Conference

Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images News / Getty Images
Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images News / Getty Images

11/30/15

Washington, D.C. – The co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), today are introducing a House Resolution that sets aggressive national priorities for combatting climate change. The resolution calls for significant goals of near zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, 50 percent of electricity to be derived from renewable sources by 2030 and a transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

“As world leaders from more than 190 nations unite in Paris today around the common goal of addressing climate change, it is clear that the United States must lead now or risk being left behind. If we ignore the need for new and innovative energy in the 21st century, those industries and jobs will ultimately develop in the nations that act without hesitation. Our leaders have a responsibility to the American people to encourage job growth in new and developing fields; to modernize our infrastructure in a way that meets the energy demands of the future; and to provide stability and job training to every worker whose livelihood fades as we transition away from fossil fuels.

“The scope of climate change is global, but its impacts are local for the countless people who already face raging floods, extended droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. The dangers extreme weather creates – from food shortages to life-threatening storms – are often felt first and hardest among vulnerable communities that lack the means to respond or protect themselves.

“Meeting these challenges requires leadership on a global scale that the United States is uniquely able to provide, but we must find the political will to act. We can combat the most dangerous impacts of climate change and create millions of jobs in the process if we commit to transition to clean, renewable energy and a fair, sustainable economy that supports green jobs, full employment and fair wages. One nation alone cannot solve the problem of climate change. We must do our part and work together with countries around the world to take bold action against this continuing threat.”

Full text of the Congressional Progressive Caucus climate change resolution is available here.

 

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 CPC Climate Resolution (11/30/1502:24 PMET )

Diversity and Inclusion in Solar: What’s Good for Business Is Good for the Nation

GRID Alternatives and SunEdison have partnered on a national initiative, Realizing an Inclusive Solar Economy (RISE), to increase diversity in the solar industry and connect people who need good jobs with an industry that needs good people. It’s an issue the industry as a whole should care about a lot.

Obama Calls Out Fossil Fuel Interests for Fighting Solar

President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo.

"That's not the American way," Obama said in a speech at a green energy conference in Las Vegas. "This is about the past versus the future. America believes in the future."

The Pope and the Planet

The ecological problems we face are not, in their origin, technological, says Francis. Instead, “a certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us.” He is no Luddite (“who can deny the beauty of an aircraft or a skyscraper?”) but he insists that we have succumbed to a “technocratic paradigm,” which leads us to believe that “every increase in power means ‘an increase of “progress” itself’…as if reality, goodness and truth automatically flow from technological and economic power as such.”