2014 UN Climate Summit Speech by Leonardo DiCaprio

Check the video of Leonardo DiCaprio talking about climate change during the 2014 Climate Summit ..

On September 23, 2014, UN Climate Summit 2014 was held in New York City, where leaders all over the world gather in order to talk about the greatest threat the world is currently facing — Climate Change. Selected leaders were given the chance to give their speeches regarding this major problem. Anyone were allowed to step up and give their concerns regarding the issue.

Leonardo DiCaprio got a chance to speak in front of the world leaders with an honorable speech. A speech from a concerned citizen and not an expert. He gave out great examples of observations that resulted to human kind’s lack of concern of the crisis at hand. He expressed excellent points as to what people see what climate change is and how the government should do to solve the problem.

Here are the highlights of his speech that I believe should be keep in the minds of the people:

Fiction
He mentioned that the most people, if not all, see climate change as fiction. As if climate change is not real and that climate change is something that can somehow go away. Climate change is not fiction. It is real as evidences of such crisis emerge every week. “Droughts are intensifying, oceans are acidifying with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor… ice sheets melting at unprecedented rates, DECADES ahead of scientific projection”

This is definitely one point that should be said to people everyday. Knowing that this era, people have been narcissistic to bother what’s happening to the world today. Leonardo dropped in his speech for the people to wake up from dream land. Climate change is real. It’s here right before us and it is not going away unless we do something about it. We’re not in a movie or a series where in the end, it’s going to be all right. This is reality and, in reality, this is a big problem and it can’t be solved just by one individual or two, or even one extraordinary group.

Greatest Security Threat
“The chief of the US navy’s Pacific command, admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that climate change is our single greatest security threat.”

Leonardo did a quote that hits what climate change it really is right one the dot. Climate change is definitely the greatest security threat. Climate change doesn’t target one country. It affects every single country. in world. It is not a threat that the military are capable of protecting us. The only thing the military can do is assist and evacuate the people who might get hit by unwanted storms, hurricanes and others that are results of climate change

Individuals to industries
“This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices individuals make.”

This is another point that he expressed. Climate change is severely affecting the countries recently and it is not something that can be solved with letting the people change their lights to save electricity. This time it’s about the industries and the government around the world to make decisive, big-scale solutions. A very good point. Even if individuals do work on segregating garbages, it can only help a little compared to how much contribution factories to worsening climate change.

I believe DiCaprio expressed his message loud and clear, giving specific suggestions in order to stop the growth of the crisis at hand. There’s nothing more to say as the solution is at the hands of our governments’ initiative to make actions and lead the people to a better and liveable place for everyone.

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Toilets and the Environment: How the Jews See Them

Commercial Toilet

It’s customary among most of us to be very privy when it comes to how we use and perceive sanitation in general and toilet in particular. We consider the subject as very intimate. But for the Jews, it’s a commonly discussed topic with etiquettes and traditions passed on to the younger generation.

How the Jews See Toilets

We are definitely finicky about our best toilets 2015. We want them to be very cleaned and smell fresh. Only when these two are met that we can safely say the toilets are safe to use.

For the Jewish, however, some of their toilet requirements and practices are anchored to their religious beliefs. A long time ago, it’s natural for anyone who entered the bathroom to say a prayer to the angels that they may guide the doors and keep them safe.

Some of them also believed that the impurity of the toilet extends to their spirituality—that is, it’s very important that the spiritual aspect of the person is not influenced or affected by the unhealthy atmosphere in the toilet. As such, the Jewish people are not allowed to enter bathrooms along with holy objects. The rabbis should not put on their garb.

The Jewish also performs asher yatzar after using the bathroom. It’s a special blessing that has to be recited after excreting wastes, whether it’s urine or fecal matter. In fact, this prayer is so important it can also be found in their prayer books.

As with all ideas about impurity, the Jews see it very important they can get rid of any “dirt” inside the body. Constipation, for example, should be avoided as much as possible. Thus, asher yatzar is a form of gratitude for having been able to eliminate constipation and get rid of these toxic wastes. It is also a request for continued good health.

The blessing comes right after hand washing. Those who practice it, however, should wash their hands outside the bathroom unless water is available only in the inside. The final process of hand washing like drying must be accomplished outside.

Toilets, moreover, are considered as venues of function only. This means that other than excreting wastes, toilets have no other use. It’s therefore not encouraged to talk or socialize inside.

Extending Toward the Environment

The high level of religiosity that is applied to sanitation and toilet use is also the same intensity they display when it comes to the environment. Judaism is one of the leading religions that currently champion the fight against climate change through different campaigns or initiatives.

This dedication is also rooted on some of their beliefs about Earth, environment, and sustainability. For example, according to religion, God created the universe and that humans play a very huge role in taking care of the environment since we are the only species that have the power to destroy and create. The Torah also prevents the Jews from unnecessary wasting of resources as all they own come from God and thus must be taken care of.

Jewish Climate Initiative: Marrying Religion and Environment Sustainability

As the sea level rises, pollution increases, and the world keeps getting hotter, the need to effectively manage climate change becomes paramount. Various organizations have been formed and initiatives born, all pointing out to the same goal: make the environment more sustainable and delay the planet’s decay for the sake of posterity. One of the most popular campaigns today is the Jewish Climate Initiative.

What Is It?

The Jewish Climate Initiative Campaign was founded on November 2009 in England. It’s currently one of the many components falling under the Alliance of Religions and Conservation ( ARC ), a non-profit UK organization that has a twofold approach to climate change. One, it promotes sustainability and love for the environment, and two, it does so through the help of the many religions all over the world.

Each major religions was then appointed to draft their seven-year action plan and presented it officially in England. One of the major objectives of the initiative right now is to have 600,000 Jewish people pledge to its principles. (The number 600,000 is said to be mentioned in one of the special Jewish prayers.)

How It Can Impact Jews

A very important question that needs to be answered is this: how can this initiative be impactful to the Jewish communities? For many people, climate change is a global concern and issue . It covers politics as different governments all around the world are responsible for creating laws and policies that introduce and/or enhance energy conservation and efficiency, as well as determine penalties to those who violate these.

It is also associated with sociology, as humans are naturally governed by the rules of majority. If a group of people start becoming indifferent toward taking care of Mother Earth, it’s not surprising that others will develop the same set of values. Our ever-changing needs have also driven us to this point. Climate change was a gradual process that began as early as the Industrial Revolution, as people demanded more efficient machineries and methods of manufacturing to create more supplies.

Correlating religion and climate change, on the other hand, may be something not immediately fathomed by many individuals, even by those who are practicing the religion. That is the real challenge of the Initiative more than how to actually promote environmental sustainability.

Nevertheless, the campaign has brought to life a number of very important tenets to help the Jewish community understand and appreciate the initiative.

First, it teaches communities sustainable ways that are deemed acceptable and recommended by the religious laws they’re living in. Second, it bridges the gap between religious and social teachings–that is, environment protection and conservation is also outlined in the Torah and many of the Jewish teachings. Third, it aims to unite Jews from all around the world and eliminate or at least greatly reduce Anti-semitism. Most of all, it cultivates the simple but fundamental idea that the little changes made can already have a huge and significant impact when performed by many.

Religion can play a grand role in the whole environmental scheme of things. The JCI is proof.