“I think we have tipped the world toward a sustainable future. The fear is, are we doing it too slowly?” – Johan Rockström, Professor of Environmental Science, Stockholm University and Director, Stockholm Resilience Center

Leonardo DiCaprio has a message for us on climate change: “The science is clear, but the future is not.”

In his new film, Before the Flood, DiCaprio travels the world to understand the reality of climate change and discover if solutions are possible.

DiCaprio addresses the UN in Before the Flood.

DiCaprio addresses the UN in Before the Flood.

The film begins when the United Nations appoints DiCaprio as its Messenger of Peace on Climate Change. He openly admits to having doubts. “If the UN really knew how I feel, how pessimistic I am about our future, I mean, to be honest, they may have picked the wrong guy.”

His pessimism is understandable. During his travels, DiCaprio witnesses everything from melting ice caps to crippling droughts to severe storms. He also uncovers a shrewd misinformation campaign funded by members of the fossil fuel industry to sow climate denial.

But, as he learns along the way, there are reasons to hope. In 2015, world leaders came together in Paris and reached a historic global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Solar and other forms of renewable energy are on the rise. Solutions do exist – the question is, can we take action quickly enough?

The film urges us to take control of our future. Preventing the worst impacts of climate change depends on all of us taking action now, together and in our own lives.

If we don’t, DiCaprio says, the consequences could be catastrophic.

“You are the last best hope of Earth. We ask you to protect it. Or, we and all living things we cherish, are history.”  – Leonardo DiCaprio, in a 2016 speech at the United Nations

Before the Flood is no longer available to watch online for free. Click here to see where the movie is now available. Then, join the movement and become part of the solution. Install solar panels on your home or business and start powering your life with sunshine. Request a free quote from Sungevity to find out if solar is right for you.

*Updated December 12, 2016

Posted by Leslye Penticoff

Leslye is the Content and Community Manager for Sungevity. She's also an avid coffee drinker and rock climber, and serves on the Board of Directors at Margination, a nonprofit in Troy, NY.