“Clean air, water and a liveable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics it is a question of our own survival.”
U.N. Messenger of Peace for the Climate
I’d been meaning to watch it since it came out in October. Wanted to. Needed to. But something stopped me. Some niggle, deep below the surface pushing me away from it. Keeping me still, ever so slightly, in the shadows.
And now, after watching it, I know why.
I was scared.
I was scared of reality.
Because Before the Flood is exactly that. Reality. Global reality.
I pride myself on being all too aware of the critical implications of climate change on our environment. I’ve seen them firsthand diving into the grey coral of the Great Barrier Reef that once glowed in a kaleidoscope of colour. I’ve studied it during my degree. I’ve always had a deep interest in it.
The tears I wept when Trump became President (amongst SO many things) were fiercely rooted in his stance on climate change (or the “myth” of it as he foolishly promotes). The implications of his influence on public opinion and international development left me defeated and, in all honesty, despairing of the future of our planet.
Yet despite all of this I avoided the National Geographic film. Because I knew it would be a raw and frankly harrowing portrait of the damage we are all doing, each and every day.
Now I’ve seen it? I couldn’t be gladder.
I mean, yes it was raw. Yes it was harrowing. And yes, I cried A LOT.
But it was needed. It was an urgent reminder that whilst there is extreme change needed to repair the damage… it is achievable. It can be done.
And as a documentary, Before the Flood is flawless. With unparalleled direction from Academy Award winning film maker Fisher Stevens and camera work that needs to be seen to be believed, it really is a piece of film that you simply cannot take your eyes away from.
Following Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels across five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change first hand, the documentary takes you on expeditions with scientists working to reveal the reality of climate change, meetings with political leaders fighting inaction as well as the terrifying truth behind calculated disinformation campaigns led by some of the world’s most powerful figures to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.
It’s both frightening and inspiring in equal parts. The frank glimpse into the work being done to deny climate change is simply unbearable to accept. And yet the consistent campaigning and research to counteract that…
It’s hope. It’s something to cling on to.
Before the Flood is perfectly positioned regardless of your knowledge on climate change. And that is why I recommend it wholeheartedly.
If, like me, you need a reminder that change is possible and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel: watch it.
If you think that one person can’t make a difference:watch it.
If you’ve been pulled into the “myth” analogy and need convincing that this issue is real and it is here: watch it.
Educate yourself. Drive yourself to make some simple changes in your life for the future of our world.