In response to Donald Trump‘s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement intended to mitigate the effects of global warming, the National Geographic Channel has announced that it will re-air its documentary “Before the Flood.” It originally premiered in October 2016, and now the cable network will release it for free across its platforms from June 2-9.
“Before the Flood” is directed by Fisher Stevens, who previously won an Oscar for another environmentally focused film, “The Cove” (2009), which followed the effort to protect dolphins from slaughter in a cove in Japan. It’s produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, an Oscar winning actor for “The Revenant” (2015) and an outspoken environmentalist who has produced other nature-conservationist films including “Virunga” (2014) and “The Ivory Game” (2016). Even when he was on the awards campaign trail for “The Revenant” he discussed how climate change affected production of that man-against-nature story.
Nat Geo executive vice president of global communications Chris Albert said in a statement, “This story is now more relevant than ever, and as part of our network’s ongoing commitment to engaging audiences in important global discussions, we are pleased to again release this powerful and important film for the world to see. By re-releasing ‘Before the Flood’ across our platforms, we hope to continue to educate the world about the facts surrounding climate change, and provide them with the resources and knowledge to preserve our planet, just as National Geographic has done for 129 years.”
The National Geographic Society added, “We are disappointed that the U.S. administration has withdrawn from the 2015 Paris Agreement, the landmark climate change accord that committed the United States and nearly all nations of the world to take actions to protect and care for our planet. National Geographic has historically witnessed and documented the impacts of changing weather patterns on people and wildlife. Through scientific discovery and exploration, we have supported those findings and been a leader in educating the public about these profound changes.”
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