I’ve heard quite a few people getting snippy with poor old Mr DiCaprio recently for having the temerity to express an opinion beyond his own particular sphere of expertise. Can people who fly around in private jets really lecture the rest of us on climate change? Yes. Yes, of course they can. They can do what they want, and the sooner we all understand our place in the scheme of things, the better it’ll go for us.
It’s entirely possible you’ve twigged by now that I’m sliding dangerously into Oh, can I really be bothered to write about this twoddle-territory, and you’d be correct. So allow me to up my word count by repeating the pertinent parts of that speech here in full:
“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.”
I could say stuff like that. In fact, I frequently do say stuff like that. The difference is that I yell it into the yawning abyss of the internet (Which, incidentally, almost certainly does stare back at me), whereas Leo speaks to millions. I mean, those millions probably all just want to ask him about that bit at the end of Inception* but that’s not the point. He had a platform, he said something worth saying. Good for him. So what if his carbon footprint is verging on the Argentinosaur side of things?
It was a very pretty speech and I did like Mr DiCaprio in Critters 3, so I’m prepared to be magnanimous and give him a pass on this one. But then just like my interest in sitting through all 2 hours and 36 minutes of The Revenant, my heart’s not really in this piece, truth be told.
*For the record, my ‘totem’ is Leicester City winning the Premier League. If that happens, then I am surely still somewhere deep in a dream within a dream within a dream, or something.