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Before the Flood

May 07, 2017

Three times in the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to watch the DVD, Before the Flood.

It’s a mesmerising exploration of what is happening across the world to the climate. Each time I’ve seen it, I’ve gained a new perspective on what it means to be part of the earth and indeed the universe. Leonardo di Caprio (yes, that Leonardo) visits some of the most beautiful and affected areas of the world to see for himself (and for us), the impact of climate change and the possible future facing the next generations. In 2014 he was appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change, and 'Before the Flood' resulted from this appointment.

The film is both frightening and inspiring. It’s challenging me to reflect, to act, and to do all I can to ensure that there is a hope-filled future for my nieces and nephews and their children. As Obama says in one interview:

I’d like our children and grandchildren to experience the beauties of nature that I’ve been privileged to see in my lifetime.Barack Obama

In direct contradiction to this, one of our political leaders said this week that we have a ‘moral obligation’ to supply coal to poor nations. I wondered how someone who has access to the facts about climate change, the destruction caused by coal, and the possibilities of renewables to supply both energy and jobs could defend such a position. I checked his biography and was amazed to see that he has four children.

As I wondered about this I was caught up short by writer, Greg Foyster:

But it's not the literal denial of some individuals that will be a barrier in the future. That phase is over. It's the subtle, unspoken denial of people who fully accept the science, but deny the implications because they're just too troubling to think about. People like me ... and maybe you. Greg Foyster

In accepting his Best Actor award at the 2016 Oscars ceremony, Leonardo di Caprio stated:

Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. Leonardo di Caprio

His conviction is supported by Pope Francis...







Jan Barnett rsj