If you ever wondered whether Leo DiCaprio is a good dude, his speech will clear that up.

Even the biggest cynic has to admit that this guy is passionate about our planet. And the more people we can get to share his passion, the better off we'll be.

ARE YOU READY FOR REEF FACTS?


  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, but it has lost over 50% of its coral cover in less than 30 years. Experts predict that it could lose ANOTHER 50% in the next 10. (Which is why Leo is so fired up.)
  • The three main causes for this decline are mostly climate-related: storm damage (48%), the crown-of-thorns starfish, which eats coral (42%), and coral bleaching (10%).
  • Despite this bleak outlook, the Australian government is now introducing a new threat to the reef that could be the final nail in its coffin: opening it up to be the next one-stop shop for coal and gas exports. This will mean dredging of up to 100 million tons of Great Barrier Reef seabed, the construction of four megaports alongside the Great Barrier Reef (including the world's largest coal port), and an estimated 7,400 ships crisscrossing the fragile reef every year by 2020.
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In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

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Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

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Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

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I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

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