BEFORE THE FLOOD – Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Movie

“… more than anything he said… pray for the Human Race.”

Leonardo DiCaprio following his meeting with Pope Francis.

Oscar winning movie star, Leonardo DiCaprio, and National Geographic, have just released a major movie on the global impact of Climate Change. They have made it available, free of charge, on the worldwide web between now and midnight GMT on 6 November 2016.

As part of the SMA Thumbprint Campaign for Climate Justice we are bringing it to the attention of our supporters.

Leonardo DiCaprio presents Pope Francis with a copy of Hieronymus Bosch's 'The Garden of Earthly Delights'

Leonardo DiCaprio presents Pope Francis with a copy of Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’


The movie opens with DiCaprio introducing his audience to one of his earliest memories, a painting by the Early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch: ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ (Museo dei Prado, Madrid). It was painted between 1490 and 1510, during the era of Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration. The painting, a triptych, consists of three panels which appear to chart humankind’s transition from the Garden of Eden into Hell.

The painting has baffled, confused and amused critics across the centuries but, for DiCaprio, who first

‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch:

‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch:

peered upon it from his cot; it contains a prophetic foresight by Bosch of where humanity is heading unless we urgently address our relationship with the environment.

‘Before the Flood’ documents how Leonardo DiCaprio, a newly appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change, embarks on the role of a lifetime. Journeying from the remote wastes of Greenland to the burning forests of Sumatra to the halls of the Vatican, DiCaprio explores climate change’s devastating impact on the planet. He uses his unprecedented access to speak with activists, scientists, and world leaders, including President Obama and Pope Francis.

This movie might be described as Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’ in pictures. It includes an emotional meeting between the Pontiff and DiCaprio and a clip of Francis addressing the faithful about climate change:

“Our common home has fallen into serious disrepair. Hope would have us recognize that there is always a way out; that we can always redirect our steps; that we can always do something to solve our problems. Still, we can see signs that things are reaching a breaking point.”

DiCaprio’s respect for Pope Francis is evident. He comments:

“This is a message from the Pope, it’s a huge deal. One of the most important spiritual leaders on the planet, he has now called upon the world community to accept the modern science of Climate Change. A Pope has never done anything like this in history.”

Following his meeting with Pope Francis, the actor reflects:

“Being able to spend time and sit with the Pope was a pretty profound experience. There was definitely an urgency in his voice. He said that as far as the Paris Conference is concerned, he felt it was a step in the right direction but certainly not enough. He feels we all need to keep speaking out about this issue as loud as we can and that we must immediately take action. But, more than anything, he said to pray for the human race.”

DiCaprio presented Pope Francis with a book exploring the images of Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’. He told the Holy Father: “It represents to me the promise of the future and enlightenment.”

The full movie, under the license agreement with which National Geographic has released it, is available until midnight on 6 November. This is a critical and revolutionary movie which delves uncompromisingly into the causes of the crisis and uncovers potential solutions to it. It can be accessed here:

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