Bite-Size Blog #51 -- November 5, 2016

Before  the Flood 
with Leonardo DiCaprio

    J. Morris Hicks
Released less than a week ago, this new movie has already been seen over 9 million times. Sponsored by National Geographic, it is being offered free around the world on YouTube.

I am sending it to you on Saturday morning just in case you're able to carve out 95 minutes to watch it this weekend.

Before the Flood
Before the Flood

This fine documentary picks up where Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" left off in 2006. The main difference is that this film actually identifies livestock as one of the leading drivers of climate change. I would have preferred to see much more emphasis on livestock, but at least this is a start. Here's what The Guardian had to say about the film:  
 
A heartfelt, decent, educational documentary about the most important issue of our time

Pessimism? A surprise for me near the beginning of the film was hearing Leonardo mutter softly that, "If they had known how pessimistic I am about our chances, I doubt that   Na tional Geographic  would've picked me for this role." 

Maybe that's exactly why they did pick him, because right now he (like me) doesn't see much reason for optimism. But, in my case, I DO see much reason for HOPE--the fact that we are all empowered to take decisive action to address the most important issue in the history of humanity--our food choices in the 21st century. 

This movie will help educate billions of people about the extent of the problem, but to really begin to move the needle, we'll need much more emphasis on replacing our meat, dairy, egg & fish (MDEF) calories with healthier, greener, plant-based alternatives. To accomplish that, we urgently need a powerful combination of  this kind of global action:

Education, Motivation & Legislation

With regards to the first EDUCATION,  National Geographic and Mr. DiCaprio have taken a giant step forward with this film.

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