Many of you will have heard about Leonardo’s new documentary Before the Flood and some of you might have even watched it already. It has been widely advertised and thanks to Leo and National Geographic it is freely available for anyone who has an internet connection. You can watch it on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or one of the many, many pages that stream it too. The movie is available worldwide in more than 50 languages and I must humbly bow down and applaud Leo and the producer Fisher Stevens for this piece!
To give you a brief storyline summary: we follow Leo’s journey as a newly appointed United Nations Ambassador for Peace, revealing some of the biggest climate change issues of our time. This is all nothing new but for the first time it is being presented by a well-known and much-loved celebrity and conveyed in simple words and with the support of some very famous people.
Leo travels to the world’s three biggest greenhouse gas emitters: China, USA and India, visits the Antarctic and meets people like Barack Obama, the Pope Francis as well as inspiring scientists and conservationists from all over the world (such as Michael Mann who wrote the very well investigated and written Madhouse Effect, which I just recently read and surely recommend!
Along his journey DiCaprio reveals the influence of corporate interests in politics and draws a clearer picture of ecological processes and how they are affected by decisions-makers and the public alike.
To make a long story short: this – and I repeat again – free documentary is an absolute must-watch for everyone out there with an internet connection!
Gather your friends and family and take two hours time!
Don’t forget, change starts with each one of us and every day we have a new chance to start again!
Tom is a marine biologist, photographer, and filmmaker specializing in the art of storytelling. His scientific background is a strong asset in creating appealing imagery, articles, and short films. In 2013 he launched his blog www.livingdreams.tv to show his photos & videos, share his thoughts, report on his work and journeys and spread the conservation word. Tom won the German Prize for Science Photography in 2016/2017, placed finalist in the Siena International Photo awards in 2018 and won the 2nd Prize in the video category of the Lens Beyond Ocean competition in 2018. Tom’s images and articles have been published in international magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, Welt am Sonntag, Diver, Tauchen and more. In 2017 he launched www.tomvierus.com for a wider portfolio and business requests.
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