You may be in a celebratory mood now that former Celebrity Apprentice star and current president Donald Trump declared the United States would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, making it one of just three countries on earth that is not participating in this unprecedented and voluntary agreement to reduce humans’ impact on climate—though withdraw cannot take place until Nov. 4, 2020, one day after the next presidential election.
Or you maybe horrified and saddened.
Either way, it seems like we could all use more information about just what’s at stake—especially if it only takes 90 minutes of our time to do that.
National Geographic is making that possible and easy by re-releasing its documentary Before the Flood for free on its web site and all National Geographic TV apps (Roku, Apple TV, smartphone apps, et cetera) through Friday, June 9.
Yes, the film is totally biased—because it’s full of facts that are biased toward, you know, truth and reality. And the National Geographic Society and National Geographic Partners (the company that produces the magazine and TV networks, among other things) have made their position clear:
“We are disappointed that the U.S. administration has withdrawn from the 2015 Paris Agreement, the landmark climate change accord that committed the United States and nearly all nations of the world to take actions to protect and care for our planet. National Geographic has historically witnessed and documented the impacts of changing weather patterns on people and wildlife. Through scientific discovery and exploration, we have supported those findings and been a leader in educating the public about these profound changes.”
Chris Albert, NatGeo’s EVP of global communications, said in a press release, “By re-releasing Before the Flood across our platforms, we hope to continue to educate the world about the facts surrounding climate change, and provide them with the resources and knowledge to preserve our planet, just as National Geographic has done for 129 years.”
At least watch the trailer: