‘Before the Flood’ was released on the 30th October 2016 by Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic. This project has been in the making for 3 years, but the journey for Leo started a long time ago… probably just after being denied a place on the floating door moments after the Titanic fell victim to an aggressive iceberg (or not).

The documentary was not a business venture for Leo and he stood to make no money from it, in fact, it was given away for free to the world on the National Geographic YouTube channel (no, not even a subscribe form required!). So you may wonder why he would bother at all. Well, there is a very good reason.

‘Before the Flood’ is an incredible example of the way the world should be embracing it’s newly found capability to connect with people all around the world through the internet. In an age of dog videos and ‘fails’ this documentary is a peak behind the curtain of what can be possible when we share meaningful ideas for the global good rather than just profit or entertainment.

The 96-minute documentary is Leo’s journey from a hopeless view of the state of our environment to a hopeful and positive plan for what can still be done. It walks the viewers through the issues we are facing due to climate change with Leo visiting key sites in person to witness just how serious we have let this become. He speaks to leading scientists, world leaders, activists and people who have been affected.

What he discovers is a complex issue with many different culprits including fossil fuels, agriculture and manufacturing. But ultimately does not point blame solely at the companies involved, but mainly on the everyday consumers who continue to buy the products produced by those companies.

As Leo points out, companies only manufacture what will sell and politicians will prioritise what sees them remain in or gain power. This is a hugely positive message as it means that the actions of individuals can change the world. The downside though is that if people are scared of change, lazy or act as though it is the job of corporations and politicians to fix world problems, then we will soon be forced to endure the consequences of inaction.

You can watch the full documentary for free below (double click while paying for full screen):

[Edit: The video no longer seems to be available for free… So much for that idea I guess]


Don’t worry if you were not taking notes, more information on the solutions can be found here: https://www.beforetheflood.com/explore/the-solutions/

Also, here are 14 actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/before-the-flood/articles/14-easy-ways-to-reduce-your-own-carbon-footprint/

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!