I was reading a National Geographic magazine on Tuesday August 8 2017. It had an article about a Climate Change documentary called before the flood. I then checked it out of the library and watched it with my mom on Friday.
I knew who Leonardo DiCaprio was just because he was a famous actor and I had seen him in two movies. However I was not aware that he was an environmental activist who was bringing awareness to people about Climate Change. In this documentary it shows him around the world where he witnesses firsthand the melting ice and rising sea levels which are washing away people’s homes. Much of it focuses on the causes being fossil fuels and the reluctance of people to switch to renewable energy sources. However I was glad that the impact of the beef industry was also mentioned. This is because even if we eliminate coal and oil as fuel sources, the methane produced by millions of cows and the deforestation required to raise them make the problem of Climate Change so much worse than even the fossil fuels do. For this reason I suspect that many people will go vegan as a result even if they don’t care about the suffering of animals or respect their life. Additionally, the plants that currently are fed to those animals could instead be feeding the human population if people simply stopped breeding the animals but grew the same number of plants.
I recommend this movie to anyone who is skeptical about Climate Change or has friends and family who is not convinced that Climate Change is real.
Additionally I recommend Cowspiracy to learn more about the effects of animal agriculture on the environment.