By Anshul Tewari:
We will either be lauded, or vilified by our future generations. That’s the note on which Leonardo DiCaprio ends “Before The Flood” – his documentary with National Geographic. The film hits hard – and proves that the communities that have done irreparable damage to the climate (corporations, lobbyists and political leaders) far outweigh in power than those who haven’t. It shows a scientific community and climate change activists raising facts that are ignored, challenged and made fun of; and a beautiful planet, crying for help – ignored by those who have the power to help.
A report published in the Climatic Change journal proves that just 90 fossil fuel burning companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions. “Before The Flood” will open your eyes to how these fossil fuel burning companies, the likes of Koch Brothers in the US or Reliance Industries in India, and several others all across the world are a big reason why the world will face devastation – and that it will.
The solution is not as easy as asking these corporations to stop. They fund elections, politicians, policies and lobbying groups. They run civil society fronts which lobby for them under the garb of social good work. They’re worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The solution, as Elon Musk says in the film, is an uprising against fossil fuel consumption. We need a shift in public perception. We need to prove to our political leaders that they will be voted for only if they support policies that can cause less harm – because harm will be caused. It’s only a matter of time.
We’ve all been living in the comfort of our carbon-emitting lifestyles. “Before The Flood” is an eye-opener we need. Because if we don’t wake up today, we’re all fucked.