Actor Jason Momoa was in New York today and addressed the United Nations on behalf of small island nations. He made a direct and sobering plea for delegates to take a stand to save the planet. You can watch his entire speech below and see photos that he shared from the day.
Partial transcript of Jason’s remarks from Big Island Video News:
“Today I stand before you as a singular representative of all island nations. I’m honored to represent those who continue to fight as stewards of this planet. As a native Hawaiian born to a mother from Iowa, I have seen how one place can be oblivious to another.”
Momoa painted a dire picture of mankind’s abuse of the environment, and the particular devastating impacts of sea level rise on island nations that are going underwater.
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For those who couldn’t watch it live, watch me fumble through my very honest and direct speech. No BS. Nothing sugar coated, just straight from the heart. We’ve been half assing our global efforts to reverse the climate crisis and this can’t continue. We have to change now. For the future of our planet, and Small Island Developing States, the wave of change is coming. Aloha J #UniteTheNations @unitednations
“We are the living consequence of forgotten traditions,” Momoa said. “We suffer a collective amnesia of a truth that was once understood. The truth that to cause irreversible damage to the earth, is to bring the same unto ourselves.”
“We the island nations – and all coastal communities – are the front lines in this environmental crisis,” said the actor who portrayed Aquaman on the silver screen. “The oceans are in a state of emergency. Entire marine ecosystems are vanishing with the warming of the seas. And as the waste of the world empties into our waters, we face the devastating crisis of plastic pollution.”
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That was a life changing moment, a true honor to represent island nations at the UN. It takes an amazing team and support system to pull off something like this. I am deeply grateful to my wife and children, my mother @lonelywhale @duneives @realdealmada @paakai97 @maluhiakinimaka @UnitedNations @UN_PGA #kukiaimauna #SAMOAPathway #SIDSSummit. Aloha j #purpsonpurpslookgood #wegotsomethingtosay #nomorehalf-assing #3kanakasandaMADA
“We are a disease that is infecting our planet,” Momoa said.
“Three years ago in Paris, the world stood united and vowed to keep the earth below 1.5 degrees of warming,” speaking of the Paris Agreement. “We pledged to hold ourselves to a higher standard, and to do what is right.”
“I’m standing here today because I am ashamed that not all of our leaders have honored this agreement. Delegates, I ask you now, do we still stand in unity for this cause? Do you intend to honor the commitments for a betterment of mankind? Or will you continue to chase short-term profits above our children’s basic human rights to live on this earth?
“Change cannot come in 2050, or 2030, or even 2025. The change must come today. We can no longer afford the luxury of half-assing it as we willingly force ourselves beyond the threshold of no return,” Momoa said towards the end of his talk.
Momoa ended his speech with an “aloha”, and then made a triangle hand gesture and yelled “Kū Kiaʻi Mauna”, which those on Hawaiʻi Island know to be a show of support for the effort to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.
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