This October, people around the world had a chance to see Leonardo DiCaprio not as Hollywood actor, but as a newly-appointed United Nations Ambassador of Peace in the documentary Before the Flood. The National Geographic film raises awareness of dangers of climate change stating their slogan “The Science is Clear. The Future is Not”.
DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens, the director, spent three years exploring different corners of the globe to see the areas affected by climate disturbances and document impact mankind has on global warming. During the London premier they stated their goal was “to create a film that gave people a sense of urgency that made them understand what particular things are going to solve this problem.”
The analogy to Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych The Garden of Earthy Delights frames the narration and introduces inconvenient truth of the situation that exist nowadays; human nature depicted in the late 15th century reflects present state of mind of many people, who think about living the fullest now without regard for the future. Ignorance leads to pollution, deforestation and wildlife extinction. Throughout the film, DiCaprio and his team interview scientists, environmental activists, mayors, and even Barack Obama to prove that the issue of climate change is a real problem, which is nevertheless ignored by many politicians and corporations. The film conveys a message that our actions have strong influence and every small action of every person can make a difference, whether it is recycling or reducing carbon footprint.
The film is well structured and thought provoking, contrasting beautiful landscapes and disturbing pictures of polluted areas. What can society do to prevent a catastrophic change in ecosystems and the demise of endangered species? Before the flood is a great start for answering these questions and to start to learn about the various other environmental problems on our planet.
You can find the documentary in free access on YouTube or by clicking here.