Before the Flood: 6 things you need to know from this documentary

Not just one of those normal things which should be get limelight for a day or two and then get back to normal. This is something each and everyone of us should be responsible for as an individual or as an organization. Coming through are some points from a documentary “Before the Flood” which urges you to watch it till its very end and makes you think– think about will our children/grand children be able to see the snow caps as we see, will we give them a live able environment to breathe in and many more.

He has been the face of many famous Hollywood flicks but due to his active concerns in the past years since a very young age, Leonardo DiCaprio has been appointed as United Nations Representative on Climate Change in 2014.

There are innumerable points which has been unknown to the society which can make them think to change up there normal lifestyle and be a part of a sustainable ecosystem. Poolgab brings to you some facts from “Before the Flood” which actually every individual should know/act about.

1. Alberta, Canada
There has been millions of acres of forest that has been cut down, literally millions of acres started back in 1960’s by an oil extraction company. And the consequences are heartbreaking for the local ecosystem.
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2. Greenland
Its a known fact that Greenland is all surrounded by ice through out the year and its has been melting rapidlly. Leonardo diCaprio flew off to Greenland and observed the ice melting that has happened in the last 15years which is shown in the image below.

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The thick ice cover of 30 ft has been melted in the last 15 yrs which is shown in the picture

3. China
The biggest population in the world and also the 2nd biggest economy has realized this fact much before the rest of the world. The large scale wind and solar energy production has been taken into notice and the people have more informed than before. They have prioritized wind and solar rather than natural resources for its daily needs.

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China has taken preventive measures much before than any other country at a much larger scale.

4. India
The 2nd largest population and the (to be) 3rd largest economy in teh entire world has had its issues. More than the entire population of USA, the same number of people actually have been living without elecetricty for more than 60 years and imagine the burden on the natural resources if they moved in to the urban cities.
Still as a country India has been taking measures ahead of many other nations on making use of renewable sources of energy than many others.

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Indian farmers explaining how they got the entire season’s rainfall in just 5 days

5. USA- Beef Production
* 47& of total land in the USA is used for food production (mainly beef)
* Cows exhale Methane(CH4) while chewing. And one molecule of Methane is equivalent to 23 molecules of CO2. Do the math.
* If the amount of resources required to raise beef(cattle) is replaced with chicken we can reduce the harm to approx 50 times.


US Lifestyle | Electricity Consumed by US

6. Carbon Tax
Carbon tax is an initiative that is yet to besanctioned as a law. What it states is every time a Carbon emmision happens, you will have to pay a small tax for it. So in the pursuit of more and careless use of fuels, we can atleast restrict them for using renewable source of energy. And if approved, the govt is making considerable about of carbon tax, they can reduce other basic taxes(food, sales, traffic)

Carbon Tax tends people to emit less Carbon and use a cleaner fuel

Carbon Tax tends people to emit less Carbon and use a cleaner fuel

-But still this is yet to be approved, big story though!

And the movie ends with the words from Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech at the UN –

“You are the last best hope of earth, we ask you to protect it unless all living things we cherish are HISTORY”