Just in time for the 2016 presidential election, Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood” documentary, in which the acclaimed actor travels around the world to explore climate change effects, has been made available online for a limited period of time. Directed by actor Fisher Stevens, "Before the Flood" can be watched for free on YouTube (below), Facebook and Hulu until Nov. 6.
The 96-minute documentary, which was made in partnership with National Geographic, features DiCaprio exploring several climate change issues including pollution in China, sea-level rise in Florida and low-lying Pacific islands along with the climate change denial industry in the U.S. It also includes an interview with President Barack Obama.
While DiCaprio serves as executive producer, he is joined by some other big Hollywood names including directors Martin Scorsese and Brett Ratner in producing the film. Veteran documentary writer Mark Monroe received writing credits.
"Before the Flood," which officially opened Oct. 21, comes amid a contentious election season in which climate change has been largely ignored.
DiCaprio, 41, has made climate change one of his top issues of concern after meeting with former Vice-President Al Gore in 2000. He is a United Nations Messenger of Peace for his work on the issue and, earlier this year after receiving his first Academy Award for his acting in the movie “The Revenant,” DiCaprio used much of his high-profile speech to deliver a warning to the world about the environment and climate change.
"Before the Flood" premiered just over a decade after Gore's critically acclaimed and Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which features the longtime environmental activist giving slideshow lectures about saving the climate. That film, a triumphant return for Gore after losing the 2000 Election, remains one of the highest grossing documentaries at the box office.