Students Flood Theater for DiCaprio's Climate Change Documentary

The Office of Energy and Environment and Undergraduate Student Government screened “Before the Flood,” a National Geographic documentary, Oct. 26 at the Wexner Center. The film, a three-year project focused on climate change, was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens.

Julia Dennen (left), first-year in public affairs, and Benjamin Kanas, first-year in biology, attended the "Before the Flood" screening.

DiCaprio interviewed prominent politicians, scientists and researchers from around the world on the topics of climate change, energy and sustainability for the film.

On the night of the screening the theater was packed, with nearly 300 students in attendance.

Julia Dennen, first-year in public affairs, and Benjamin Kanas, first-year in biology, (photo: right) attended after hearing about the event through USG.

“I’m excited to see how this all comes together. It was essentially a three-year span bringing all of these world leaders together, trying to realize this goal of impacting our environment in a positive way,” said Kanas.

Dennen said she was inspired by DiCaprio’s passion for the environment. She said, “I’m excited to see how other people react, and what they do from now on.”

While the film focused mainly on the irrevocable damage the human race has inflicted upon the planet, it also reminded viewers that change is possible. Proposals for change in the film ranged from alteration in diet, because of the disastrous consequences of the beef industry, the preservation of forests and other ecosystems and the increased use of renewable energy.

The night closed with a Q&A session with Bryan Mark, professor of geography and state climatologist of Ohio. Students were able to ask questions about climate change and what they can do to help.

“This is the most important issue of our time,” DiCaprio said in the movie. “The question is: Can we change our course in time?”

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By Carlee Frank, a student communications assistant in the Office of Energy and Environment