I sat down last night to watch Leonard DiCaprio’s latest environmental documentary, Before the Flood. The documentary is beautiful, sad, scary and uplifting all at the same time.
DiCaprio, travels for two years taking us to all corners of the world to show the devastation and beauty that is our planet. He meets with world leaders, including Secretary John Kerry, President Obama and Pope Francis.
His cameras take us inside the halls where the Paris Agreement meetings took place and ends the documentary with the speech he gave at the signing of the Paris Agreement.
He takes us to cities trying to cope such as Miami where raised streets are thought to be the way to prevent flooding at least for 40-50 years. The money being spent on temporary fixes can be equated to throwing money away if it’s not going to be a longer term fix.
I found hope in a couple of the interviews. In one, the man who worked under President George W. Bush and who tried to pass a carbon tax explains how his proposal would have worked and tells DiCaprio that the people have power over their officials to act on climate change by giving an example from President Obama’s term. In this example, we see President Obama stating he doesn’t believe in gay marriage, then later after public opinion for gay marriage was overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage President Obama changed his stance on the issue.
This reminded me of a story about President Nixon who saw Vietnam Protestors and cried out that they were going to break through the barricades and enter the White House to get him, shortly after he ended the war.
In an interview with President Obama, DiCaprio asks what would happen if an incoming president wanted to scrap the Paris Agreement. President Obama, chuckles then answers that if someone came in not believing the science of climate change that reality has a way of “hitting you in the nose if you aren’t paying attention.”
Probably the most moving part of the documentary was the end, the speech DiCaprio gave at the signing of the Paris Agreement.
I wish I could include the documentary here, but the version I watched has already been removed by YouTube. I can include DiCaprio’s speech. I hope you enjoy it.