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This is a sponsored post in association with the Climate Coalition.  

The Climate Coalition – a group of over 100 organisations including Greenpeace, Oxfam, RSPB, The Woodland Trust, UNICEF, and WWF – have commissioned a short video encouraging us all to ‘show the love’.  Before your eyes glaze over at the mention of anything Valentines related (have you reached saturation point yet too?!), let me reassure you that this isn’t about showing the love to your significant other or your want-to-be significant other, but to our dear earth that’s facing considerable pressure from climate change.

The 101 second film shows celebrities including Stephen Fry, Raymond Blanc, Dermot O’Leary and Jarvis Cocker reciting Shakespeare’s famous Sonnet 18 – often alternatively titled “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”, in order to draw attention to climate change and the damage caused to the environment.

Have a watch – it’s a good one!

The film is part of a larger campaign designed to put the heat on politicians to take action on climate change.  The Climate Coalition says “2015 is set to be a crucial year in the fight against climate change.  Time is short, but the love is strong.  Over the coming months world leaders could make decisions to protect all we hold dear.  Make them feel what you feel and don’t lose what you love to climate change“.

If we don’t act now on climate change we’re set to lose a whole lot of things we love and depend on to climate change, not least the bees that we rely upon so dearly.  So go on, share the film with your friends and share your love this Valentine’s weekend, even if you don’t buy into any of that hearts and flowers schmaltzy stuff!  You can also check out the Climate Coalition Show The Love webpage, where you can find some useful resources, and even instructions on how to make an origami green heart!

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Decisive UN Climate Change Summit Speech

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leonardo dicaprio climate change

I don’t generally care for celebrity endorsements but yesterday I watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s UN Climate Change Summit Speech and I was blown away.  To take such a complex matter such as climate change, and distill it down to an easily understandable and decisive speech that in no uncertain terms outlined the immediate urgency with which we need to act to help mitigate climate change takes some skill.

If you’ve not seen it, please watch it for yourself, and feel inspired to act:

 If you can’t see the video you can find it here on YouTube.

As I say, I’m not normally one for celebrity endorsements and it’s true that you could say Leonardo DiCaprio is being hypocritical as he doesn’t exactly live a particularly low carbon lifestyle.  However to give such a commanding voice in such an accessible manner to a subject that perhaps not everyone shares the same understanding or interest in as you and I is definitely no bad thing.

Here’s a transcript of Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change speech in case you’re looking to quote it:

“Thank you, Mr Secretary General, your excellencies, ladies and gentleman, 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 humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.

But I think we know better than that. Every week, we’re seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here nowWe know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections.

None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The chief of the US navy’s Pacific command, admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that climate change is our single greatest security threat.

My Friends, this body – perhaps more than any other gathering in human history – now faces that difficult task. You can make history … or be vilified by it.

To be clear, this is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car. This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, large-scale action.

I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to be. Because the world’s scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis, if we do not act together, we will surely perish.

Now is our moment for action.

We need to put a pricetag on carbon emissions, and eliminate government subsidies for coal, gas, and oil companies. We need to end the free ride that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a free-market economy, they don’t deserve our tax dollars, they deserve our scrutiny. For the economy itself will die if our ecosystems collapse.

The good news is that renewable energy is not only achievable but good economic policy. New research shows that by 2050 clean, renewable energy could supply 100% of the world’s energy needs using existing technologies, and it would create millions of jobs.

This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation – if, admittedly, a daunting one.

We only get one planet. Humankind must become accountable on a massive scale for the wanton destruction of our collective home. Protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution of our species.

This is the most urgent of times, and the most urgent of messages.

Honoured delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living. But you do not. The people made their voices heard on Sunday around the world and the momentum will not stop. And now it’s YOUR turn, the time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet … is now.

I beg you to face it with courage. And honesty. Thank you”.