There are two topics in this world that people do (and if not) should love. Those topics are Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Earth. Luckily the recent Oscar winner decided to give us both. In his new documentary, Before the Flood, DiCaprio calls for an end to climate change, and just happens to look lovely doing it.
The documentary, produced by DiCaprio himself, and directed by Fisher Stevens, known for his film, The Cove, focuses on the current state of the planet by taking a closer look at the climatic changes seen all over the world. While the film won’t be released in the United States until October 21st, there is much anticipation for the film, generated from its trailers.
The film trailers feature DiCaprio traveling the globe searching for answers, and conversing with world leaders. In the trailer he says, “This is the most important issue of our time.” The film depicts DiCaprio with many leaders, including Pope Francis, United States President Barack Obama, John Kerry, and politician and statesman Ban Ki-Moon. The documentary also features prominent environmentalists and promoters of sustainable business such as Elon Musk, Enric Sala, and Sunita Narain. These people all have an opinion on the state of the environment and if we have gone too far to fix it.
According to Toronto International Film Festival documentary programmer Thomas Powers’ recent review of the film, DiCaprio makes a point to travel to Alberta, Canada to see its toxic tar sands, observe the abnormal flooding in Miami beach, Florida, and uncover the reason behind the thick smog in Beijing, China. He also delves into the Palm oil industry and the rapidly occurring forest fires in Indonesia.
What seems to be the most obvious issue within the trailers and the film itself, is the escalated rate at which the ice is melting in the Arctic. DiCaprio can be seen visibly surprised at the sheer violence of the melting ice and the lack of an environment for Arctic marine life, and the threat it poses to the already endangered Narwhal population. In another short promo for the film DiCaprio stands next to Enric Sala, and looks out in wonder at the Narwhals and their beautiful purr-like calls. Enric says softly, “I don’t want to be on a planet without these animals.”
For just a second, in the deafening quiet of not hearing those animals, and not seeing them, it makes that environment an incredibly lonely existence for the two man standing on a glacier in the middle of nowhere. Thinking of a world without these creatures seems like something that could never happen. However, it happens every day. Every day species are lost, and every day people refuse to believe in the existence of climate change and choose to live their lives for today, rather than plan for a tomorrow.
This film isn’t even about Leonardo DiCaprio. It isn’t about the environment.This documentary is about people. it is about what we have done to get to this point, and it is about if we can undo it, and make things better. It is not about living for today, or even a tomorrow. it is about making sure that years from now people will have the opportunity to stand on a glacier and hear Narwhals, or breathe clearly in China, or not have to worry their homes are going to flood. This film is a rally for change, and perhaps maybe through the words of an incredibly handsome and environmentally aware Academy Award winner – people will listen