The Rome Film Fest presented the premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary Before the Flood in which the Oscar-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace shows all kind of human actions which are powerful carbon emission polluters such as coal plants, cars, fracking palm oil and meat production. The environmental impact of these actions are resulting in melting of the icecaps, sea level rise, coral bleaching, wildfires and hurricanes.
Directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio in collaboration with James Packer, Brett Ratner, Trevor Davidoski, and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, the documentary also shows solutions how climate change can be stopped. In Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio takes the viewer with him on a global journey while he is talking to scientists, activists and world leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis about the dangers of climate change.
The film starts with Hieronymus Bosch’s painting of The Garden of Earthly Delights which hung above DiCaprios bed when he was a child and shows how the world is changing from paradise to hell. But as scrientists confirm there is a way out of this dilemma. By the introduction of a carbon tax, emissions could drop tremendously. The technologies for clean energy are there as Tesla proves in its „Gigafactories". Elon Musk, CEO Tesla, points out that it would take about 100 of such factories to provide enough battery power for a worldwide transition to sustainable energy. But Tesla can’t build a hundred Gigafactories. It would make a difference is if companies would do that which are much bigger than Tesla, says Musk.
The film also shows the lobbyists in the US. who keep blocking the laws against climate change and are paying billion of dollars to spread out the word to the public that climate chance is not existing so that they can go on with their dirty business. DiCaprio doesn‘t fear to name fossil fuel and palm oil production companies. His documentary can be seen on the National Geogaphic Channel on October 30, 2016.