“Try to have a conversation with anyone about climate change and they just tune you out.”
At the end of October, National Geographic premiered Before the Flood, a documentary focusing on the impact of climate change. But what makes this different from a lot of the other specials and features on climate change? Leo said it himself, people just start to tune you out when you speak of the damaging effects on our ecosystems. So why now? Why listen right now? The call for response is urgent to try and minimize the environmental damage that will otherwise remain inevitable if we stand idly by. The documentary also clearly redefines ways to fix it: yes even on an individual level. Change your diet, consumption and attitude.
Also included in this documentary is the footage on the historic moment of the Paris Climate Accord Signing. In total, in one day, 171 nations signed the agreement. But what Leo also narrates in the documentary is that it will mean absolutely nothing to stand there and congratulate each other and then go back to our country and do absolutely nothing to repair our earth.
He concluded, “Now think about the shame each of us will carry when our children and grandchildren look back and realize that we had the means of stopping this devastation but simply lacked the political will to do so…The world is now watching. You will be either lauded by future generations or vilified by them.”
Leonardo also turned 42 on November 11, 2016. He has been an advocate for the environment for decades and is the UN Messenger of Peace. Not bad for 42.
I’ve watched it twice already. I’ve also watched this probably 10 times too.