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7 WONDERS: LESSONS WE CAN TAKE FROM “BEFORE THE FLOOD”

Leonardo DiCaprio is well known for his activism around the ever present problem of climate change. Now he’s teamed up with the powerhouse that is National Geographic to bring an hour and a half documentary to the masses, “Before The Flood.” It’s a visual, auditory masterpiece, that might just inspire you to change.

It was available online everywhere for free up until 8th, but no worries, you can still find it on the National Geographic’s website. Climate change is arguably one of the most pressing issues of our time, and is the political blackhorse of the millennial generation. This is why Leo spent three years on this passion project, talking to climate scientists, astronauts and world leaders to get a grasp on what is actually going on with the environment, and what can we all do to help our shared home.

Barack Obama’s optimistic path forward:

As long as “we keep educating the public, there’s no reason why we can’t solve this problem in time.”

Leonardo DiCaprio is well known for his activism around the ever present problem of climate change. Now he’s teamed up with the powerhouse that is National Geographic to bring an hour and a half documentary to the masses, “Before The Flood.” It’s a visual, auditory masterpiece, that might just inspire you to change.

It was available online everywhere for free up until 8th, but no worries, you can still find it on the National Geographic’s website. Climate change is arguably one of the most pressing issues of our time, and is the political blackhorse of the millennial generation. This is why Leo spent three years on this passion project, talking to climate scientists, astronauts and world leaders to get a grasp on what is actually going on with the environment, and what can we all do to help our shared home.

Barack Obama’s optimistic path forward:

As long as “we keep educating the public, there’s no reason why we can’t solve this problem in time.”

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The shocking prediction:

“In 2040, you’ll be able to sail over the North pole”

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How China is tackling the problem:

“The Chinese media talk about climate change on a constant basis. You give the people the data, you empower the people. The popular support helped motivate China’s policy of green growth.”

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For the deniers:

Philip Levine, Miami Beach mayor explained that “we don’t have the liberty or the time to debate climate change.”

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An inspirational example:

“Even though China has some of the largest challenges, like a huge population, China’s going to prioritise wind and solar rather than coal. If China can do it, then I think the rest of the world can”

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What the Harvard economist thinks we should do:

“Politicians- we call them our elected leaders, but really they are our elected followers. They do, what people want them to do. Collectively, we can accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, if the government sets the rules in favour of #sustainable energy”

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The small change we’re all capable of making:

“If you want something that you can do, without appealing to some higher authority, government or whatever, I can’t think of an easier out than changing you diet. You can start, tonight”

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It seems like #meatfreemondays are helping the environment much more than you thought! The film, directed by Fisher Stevens, is kind of distressing, but ultimately, it’s an inspiration to make changes that are good for you, everyone else and the planet.

Words: Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins

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