Hosted by Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, the annual festival, along with its partners and members of Congress, made commitments worth $1.6 billion.
Over 60,000 people piled into New York’s Central Park on Saturday night for the 2019 Global Citizen Festival to not only see performances by the likes of Queen + Adam Lambert and Pharrell Williams, but also hear from stars and activists about Global Citizen’s movement to end extreme poverty by 2030 and achieve the sustainable goals set forth by the United Nations.
Leonardo DiCaprio, a staunch environmental activist, took the stage to condemn the politicians who “have failed to live up to the promises” of the Paris Agreement, along with those who have responded to the recent Global Climate Strike by criticizing its leader, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
“Last Friday, young people led the world in strike. Millions of individuals did more than simply walk out of their schools and places of employment. They took a stand. They set an example of true leadership that our planet so desperately needs. These young people have said clearly, definitively and without fear, that the time for inaction is over,” said DiCaprio. “Yet, surprisingly, some have reacted to this movement with insulting tweets and negative talking points — individuals that seem to care more about profit and their own self-interests than about your own future. But we know that the climate youth movement is more important and crucial than at any time in human history.”
The actor added that the scientific community has made this clear, “and unless you live in alternate reality, there is no more time for denial.”
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