Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio Is well known for his has advocacy of climate change issues and the importance of conservation. Now, in a tweet published last week, the actor highlights the environmental impact of animal agriculture.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 16, 2016
In his tweet, DiCaprio included a link to a video from Mercy For Animals, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals, and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
The 4-minute clip, with the tag-line “This is the video future generations will be wishing everyone watched today,” starts by with a compilation of clips showing the awe-inspiring grandeur of planet Earth as well as its incredibly vast biodiversity.
It then turns dark as footage rolls of crumbling glaciers and disappearing coastlines, and links these global catastrophes to mankind’s insatiable appetite for meat.
The video points out that animal agriculture and meat consumption is the number one cause of environmental destruction, species extinction and ocean “dead zones.” The agricultural industry has consumed one-third of all fresh water and has destroyed 91 percent of the Amazon.
The video, however, ends on a good note. Its message, “She is our mother, there is only one, she is dying, she can be saved,” urges us all to help save our struggling ecosystems before it’s too late.
This is the latest in a long line of recent news that DiCaprio has used his fame to highlight climate change. Back in February the Revenant actor used his Oscar acceptance speech for best actor to urge a global audience to reject the “politics of greed”, and support leaders willing to take action against climate change.
“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,” the actor said.
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Photo Credit: United Nations Photo from Flickr.
Video Credit: mercyforanimals from YouTube.