Watch Leonardo DiCaprio's Doc 'Before the Flood' for Free on YouTube

November 1, 2016
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Before the Flood Documentary

"The Science is Clear. The Future is Not." Good news, documentary fans! National Geographic has released the full-length version of the documentary Before the Flood (watch the trailer), produced by and starring Leonardo DiCpario, online on YouTube for free. Completely free! In fact, if you mention the hashtag #BeforeTheFlood online, they'll even donate money to different wildlife conservation organizations. It also features a fantastic score composed by Mogwai, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, + Gustavo Santaolalla (you can buy the album here). I had the chance to watch this recently and I thought it was a superb doc, inspiring and encouraging. I've seen pretty much every single recent doc about climate change and the environment, and this is one of the best. Really. Not only is DiCaprio honest and entertaining, he's hopeful about our future - as long as we all come together and recognize we need to change. Just watch! Link below.

The documentary is now available to watch for free on YouTube - see below or click for fullscreen version:

Update! It was available for a "limited time" - to watch the doc now you must rent it. Visit the official site.

Before the Flood

Head to YouTube now to see the film for free. "For every use of #BeforeTheFlood across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram between October 24 – November 18, 21st Century Fox and National Geographic will together donate $1 to Pristine Seas and $1 to the Wildlife Conservation Society, up to $50,000 to each organization."

From Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents as well as the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. Before the Flood is directed by award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens, of this year's doc Bright Lights, plus the films Another World, Mission Blue, Stand Up Guys, Crazy Love and Just a Kiss previously. The doc first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. National Geographic showed Before the Flood initially on their TV channel and in theaters, before releasing it online. Let us know your thoughts.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments


It's a well done Doc. Be prepared for things to get worse if the asshat is voted into office by the dumb white brainwashed masses (Sorry to bring politics into here). On the good news front, Florida is first to go.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 1, 2016


It's OK to say Hillary is an asshat. Since only 6% of her foundation's money is left over for charity it kind of fits.

Gnubbles on Nov 2, 2016


Hilary is no better my friend. The hinges on the skeleton closet door have reached their max pressure and her dirty secrets are pouring out. She is as corrupt and worthless as the next politician.

Cyberdine on Nov 2, 2016


Yeah ok. Just wait and see the path your country takes after Trump nominates the next few supreme court justices. You're going to need a whole lot of environmental awareness movies to deal with the fallout over the next 30 years of their rule. But of course you were aware of that. Weren't you?

Charles Knowlton on Nov 2, 2016


Probably did more damage flying the private jet everywhere. YOLO!!~

DAVIDPD on Nov 1, 2016


If you would have watched it, he even admits that his footprint is most likely larger than the average person. So its not like he's ignoring the issues in his own lifestyle. It doesn't make this doc a joke or irrelevant.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 1, 2016


Yeah man. I am no tree hugger, but I am not some ignoramus who believes global warming is a joke. But I am some one who knows what it out of his control. I recycle electronics, catch grey water, spend the extra time and effort to drive to a battery depository, and garden for vegetables. I think I do more than most people to limit my carbon footprint. I just think it is silly to fly around on a jet to prove things that Hollywood has countless b-roll for.

DAVIDPD on Nov 2, 2016


At the end, they actually include a title card that says they paid a carbon tax in order to offset all the flights and other production necessities that contributed in a bad way. Don't worry, he's aware and did something to acknowledge this.

Alex Billington on Nov 1, 2016



DAVIDPD on Nov 2, 2016


I'm not sure explaining the intent that people like Dicaprio have will matter to people like you. It seems REALLY obvious to me though that the footprint everyone talks about caused by environmentalists is offset 1000's of times because they are TEACHING hundreds of thousands of people about the problems we have. Problems that get bigger if we ignore them and choose not to teach our children and ignorant adults about them. Yes, he flies to get the message out. So does the dreaded Al Gore. Yes, their footprint may be bigger than mine but they are doing something really important to the cause. What are you doing to help by bitching about environmentalists? Then again, you probably don't think there is any problem with the environment. Not sure your children deserve a better world.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 1, 2016


No need to make things personal Charles Knowlton. I do more for the environment than 90% of people. It was a throwaway comment, obviously. I thought the "YOLO!!~" made that clear. I know it probably a sensitive subject for you so I won't take your assumptions about my character personally, but I would ask that you simply make a inquiry before being so insulting to a stranger. As I mentioned in Sascha's reply, I do a lot to limit my own carbon footprint and reduce the amount of waste I generate. I think global warming is real, but at this point is out of human control. I think making docos like PLANET EARTH 2 do more for the environment than ones like this. Docos like this CLEARLY polarize people, just look at how you treated me in your comment. They divide people too quickly. I think showing nature and its beauty is way more convincing and impartial for everyone.

DAVIDPD on Nov 2, 2016


I admit, I have no idea what YOLO is supposed to mean but I have read enough of your comments to know exactly what the rest means despite what your reply to me says.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 2, 2016


The flood is a metaphor for Donald Trump.

tarek on Nov 1, 2016


The science isn't clear though is it? Just as the outcomes aren't clear. When I was at school it was all about acid rain and impending ice ages. Then it was global warming and then when that was proving to be a bit too vague, it was all lumped together as climate change - something that the climate always has and always will do. One day the problem is CFC's, the next it's HFC's. One day diesel is good, the next day it isn't. Whilst I concede that we shouldn't be unnecessarily polluting the world, following an almost religious mantra that if you dare to question anything connected to climate change leads to you being branded a heretic, is not useful. Likewise crippling first world countries with ever increasing energy costs to allow third world countries to build ever more power stations to 'catch up' and offer cheaper production of their goods is counter productive. I wonder if this suffers from the same problem as the film Virunga, which Leo co exec produced, that they seem to go for the easy or wrong target. In that film, it was all about the nasty, evil oil company who were exploiting the land and driving the gorillas away but scant regard was given to the African government that actually granted the oil company to license to develop the land. Far easier I guess to point fingers at faceless corporations rather than at the government allowing them to carry out the development. Hence I wonder if this is endlessly talking about how we should all be taxed higher for using energy and carbon yet ignoring the ridiculously large elephant in the room which is over population.

Payne by name on Nov 3, 2016


The label 'global warming' had too many negative connatations and confusion created by the media for it to be taken seriously by the public. It was re-named 'climate change' which encompasses the effects that a warming world gives. The difference with modern climate change and paleoclimate changes which people are confused with is the rate at which change is occuring. Processes are happening within a matter of decades which would normally take place over natural variations of 10,000-100,0000 years. Major negative feedback mechanisms that seek to bring systems to the norm over those longer timescales do not have time to respond, allowing positive feedback mechanisms to take hold. The science is clear the way it is communicated is not, especially when put in the hands of various stakeholders per mentioned in the film. Scientists have been studying the problem for over half a century, with such holistic study of whole of the earth-system, I hope people appreciate the amount of time and effort gone into compling evidence as I do. In recent years the way in which the message is communicated has vastly improved, emphasisng the rate of change which is significant and the economic costs of rising seas, a warming atmosphere, changes in precipitation patterns intensifying drought and floods, ocean circulation pattern shifts inforcing change in temperature and weather conditions ...all which pressurising our ecosystem which give essential services. The bottom line is we cant keep living in a linear economy where we create and waste, it just makes no sense. A circular economy which every thing we produced is reused- recycled one way or another will give sustainablity and be cost effective. With stagnating and degrading resources in landfill, continuing to rely on fossil fuels and petrochemicals as an ever limited resource we bring on our own demise. To tackle consumerist waste culture, we the western world created is the most important personal-social responsibilty we have, to give an example to developing countries who quite rightly want everything we have. Of course the world is over populated to live comfortably with the means we have today, David Attenborough pointed out this elephant fairly recently, that does not mean to say that we cant solve the problem it's just the willingness of others to do so that may detrement progress preserving what is left of this planet to preserve. Too many wars and political upheaval to cut through the turmoil and aggregate a cohesive response, but ultimately they would decrease population and pressure on resources. I already have a dim outlook of all of this through projections through my multidiscplinary study within Ocean and Earth science, to the extent that using DeCaprios imagery I would say we are right on edge of the frame towards the 'flood' or 'no-return'. I guess like Pandora's box there is always hope, one that humanity must attain.

paleoocean on Nov 3, 2016

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