Before the Flood
The Science Is Clear, The Future Is Not
In this documentary, United Nations Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio takes a three-year personal journey around the world with the intention of exploring the topic of climate change. As he interviews dozens of high-profile men and women, he discovers exactly what needs to be done today in order to prevent the catastrophic disruption of life on this planet. The big question, however, is why aren’t more people interested in making changes? Why are there still so many that call global warming a hoax?
Michael Brune, executive director of Sierra Club, states that if we are going to fight climate change effectively we have to start by acknowledging that most of out economy is based on fossil fuels— coal, oil, and natural gas. Oil powers most of the transportation sector while coal and natural gas power most of the electricity. In order to sustain our dependence on fossil fuels, humans are taking huge risks and seeking out extreme new sources that are producing devastating effects.
Jason E. Box, a climatologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, states that the climate is no longer acting in a predictable way. What this means is that the future projections have to be very conservative and less than exact. For instance, climatologists can vaguely predict that if the temperature remains as it has been in the last few years, Greenland will simply disappear within a decade. However there’s a strong possibility that this may happen in less time, though.
In order to avoid ‘sunny day flooding’ in Miami Beach, the local government initiated a $400 million dollar project to raise some streets and install pumps to make sure the water runs back into the sea. However, this huge project only ensures that the problem will be solved for the next 40 or 50 years.
Still, in spite of the mounting evidence, there are many who do not believe that climate change is a direct result of human activity. Many people think it’s just not true and that it’s arrogant to believe that man can change the climate. However, there has always been opposition and differences of opinion regarding practically every matter in science.
Dr. Michael E. Mann, distinguished professor of Atmosphere Science at Penn State University says that unfortunately, scientists who agree that there’s such a thing as global warming find themselves fighting a massive disinformation campaign that has been launched to confuse the public.
Currently, it’s difficult to get a climate bill passed through Congress because there are 131 climate change deniers there and 38 more in the Senate doing the same thing. What’s odd is that about half a century ago, scientists warned that this would happen. If the appropriate steps had been taken back then, the story would have been very different today.
Before the Flood is a must see documentary for all those concerned about the planet’s future. Watch it now.
Excellent Film! Intelligent, insightfull and very inspiring. Beautifully done. Mother Earth is awesome! Let’s give her some respect, some courtesy, sympathy and love. Without Her, where will you be?
“Wherever you stand, be the Soul of that place.” -Rumi
Who likes this fear porn? I thought that we all grew up by now and realize that yes, the earth’s climate changes, we honestly do not know how much we impact the changes, and lastly, we actually do not know how to solve the problem. Pushing this carbon credit scenario so that rich bankers can rub two pieces of paper together and draw tax money from us poor schmucks is not going to help at all.
If we really gave a rats ass what we would do is focus on the amount of trash that we pump out through inferior products and a single serving lifestyle. That, combined with crappy ass factory farming focused on shitty food that pollutes our waters, interrupts the natural cycles of life and kills vast amounts of bugs and bees. Now we have Bayer and Monsanto merging in some sinister incestuous relationship to snuff out the last of the family farms.
“As an actor I pretend for a living and I am doing the same goddamn thing right now” You got it right DiCrapeo. What a douchebag. If you still believe this nonsense folks, then good for you. Wish I could be that damn ignorant.
Again, let’s get together and focus on things that we can get better control over and are measurable. Carbon credits just ain’t gonna due it lill o Leo.
P.S. Sierra Club are a bunch of ecofascist numbnuts.
Not available for free anymore. I would think Leonardo would want to keep it available.