Staying in Australia amid fires, Russell Crowe uses Golden Globes win to plea for action

Actor Russell Crowe attends the premiere of the ShowTime limited series "The Loudest Voice," at the Paris Theatre, Monday, June 24, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Russell Crowe was not in attendance at the 77th annual Golden Globes, but he had a message to pass on to the audience.

The New Zealand born actor who grew up in Australia, won a Golden Globe for his role as Roger Ailes in the Showtime miniseries "The Loudest Voice." The 55-year-old was not there to accept his award, and instead opted to stay in Australia amid devastating wildfires.

Instead, presenter Jennifer Aniston read a speech Crowe prepared. In it, Crowe pleaded for science based action against climate change.

"Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based," Aniston read. "We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is."

Conservationists say the devastating wildfires raging in Australia have already undone decades of work, the Associated Press reports. Experts say thousands of koalas and kangaroos have been killed, and worry some species may have been wiped out entirely.