He’s proved himself to be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, landing not only the iconic role of Drogo in Game of Thrones, but also going on to star as Aquaman in the superhero flick that launched a new generation of fans.
While it would be easy for Jason Momoa to rest on his acting credentials alone, the actor continues to concern himself with the state of the world and most importantly – climate change. Hailing from Hawaii, the issue is one that hits particularly close to Momoa’s heart, something that was made known during his speech on climate change at the United Nations General Assembly in review of the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.
Speaking on behalf of small island nations, Momoa said in his speech: “We are a disease that is infecting our planet. When the frontline is gone, we are doomed. There is no undoing.”
“If you continue to watch, unsympathetic to the issues of island nations this realisation will soon come; that you stood by wand watched the world pass the critical tipping point, ushering the death of our planet. As a human species, we need the earth to survive. But make no mistake, the earth does not need us.”
Speaking about the impacts of ocean plastic pollution and rising sea levels, Momoa continued: “Island nations contribute the least to this disaster, but are made to suffer the weight of its consequences. Our governments and corporate entities have known for decades that immediate change is needed. Yet change still has not come.”
Describing the speech on his Instagram as “No BS. Nothing sugar coated, just straight from the heart,” Momoa challenged listeners with the fact that humans are the “only species willing to force disharmony with the natural balance of our world,” adding that, “We are the living consequence of forgotten traditions.”
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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
The celebrity figurehead for social justice and environmental issues has long been a tool used to garner greater attention and raise awareness. But while we can only wonder how deeply a celebrity persona actually cares about a cause in some instances, for Momoa the environment has always been a priority. The action star has come to be revered as an environmental activist, using his following on social media to spread awareness about various issues and environmental news.
Just recently, Momoa raised considerable awareness about the fires across the Amazon rainforest after Brazil’s national Institute for Space Reach reported that the wildfires showed an increase of 84 per cent over the same period last year. And of course, there was the time he shaved off his beard to bring awareness to the impact of plastics on the fate of the planet. The video in which he filmed the shaving of the beard was used as a promotion for a new range of recyclable canned water.
Given that 19 billion pounds of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans annually, threatening wildlife and natural habitats, it makes sense that Momoa would concern himself with affecting change. Particularly after researchers warned that disturbing tally would double within the next six years if drastic measures are not implemented.
As SBS reports, Momoa’s speech at the UN comes five years since the SAMOA Pathway was developed. As the publication suggests, “Representatives said they found while some progress has been made in addressing social inclusion, gender equality, poverty and unemployment, inequality and climate change continued to cause “lasting loss of life and property.”