Leonardo DiCaprio has unveiled his climate change documentary ‘Before the Flood’ at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, saying the film is intended to “give the scientific community
The film was directed by Fisher Stevens. It chronicles DiCaprio’s efforts around the globe to raise awareness about climate change. DiCaprio is a United Nations Ambassador of Peace.
The Academy Award-winning actor says, “We are truly at a turning point in history.” He says this issue “depends on the education of the public and the evolution of our species to combat what is the largest crisis we’ve ever faced.”
Stevens says the film’s release is intentionally timed to the US presidential election. The film will air on October 31, 2016, on National Geographic.
The film presents an account of how society can prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. Audiences are presented with visual evidence of a worsening environmental crisis that is inflicting irreversible damage on pristine landscapes from Greenland to Indonesia, disturbing the balance of our planet’s climate and hastening the extinction of animals, Nat Geo said. It also presents practical solutions to save the planet.
Interview subjects in that film include Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis, as well as top NASA researchers, forest conservationists, revered scientists, community leaders and fervent activists working to save the world.
“Climate change is the most fundamental threat facing our planet,” said DiCaprio. “We must work together as a collective voice to demand major action now. Our very survival depends on it. This documentary translates the symptoms and solutions of climate change before information is distorted, as it often is, by those with a financial interest in fossil fuel production.”