How are we going to save the planet from climate threats? Or is it already too late? Someone who has become deeply involved in the issue is the American actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Together with National Geographic he has made Before the Flood, a documentary about the climate which has already been viewed by 40 million people since it was released in early November.
In the film DiCaprio recounts how his interest in the environment was awakened when he was just a young boy. In his room he had a poster of a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, the 16th century artist who depicted hell as a ravaged world. Fascinated, the young DiCaprio started to go to the National History Museum in Los Angeles to read about species and animals which once existed and subsequently disappeared.
Nobody can say that DiCaprio's passion and commitment to the environment is anything but genuine. In Before the Flood we accompany him as he travels the world looking for the answer to the climate crisis. He stands in slushy ice in the Arctic and interviews researchers: ”in 2040 it will be possible to sail right across the North Pole.”
He looks out from a helicopter over a landscape of smoke and fire in Alberta, where oil is extracted from sand – a project and a method that has been labelled the most harmful to the environment in the world. Or as DiCaprio gloomily observes: ”It looks like Mordor.”
He visits the headquarters of the UN in New York and is received by Ban Ki-Mon before talking in front of the General Assembly. Pictures have also been inserted from when he has attended protest marches and actually also been derided for his involvement. ”What can a Hollywood celebrity know about the climate crisis?” Quite a lot actually.
But what is most frightening is that we gain an insight into how many powerful companies and organisations actually deny the climate threat.
Before the Flood is the most watched documentary in the world since 2000. To really place the focus on what is absolutely the most important issue of our time, National Geographic has chosen to distribute it free on a number of platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. Watch it here!
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