Following Trump administration’s announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, National Geographic will re-release “Before the Flood” commercial-free and unauthenticated across its digital and TVE platforms as part of the network’s continued commitment to covering climate change.
“Before the Flood,” the climate change feature documentary produced and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens alongside producer, Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, premiered last October on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages as well as commercial-free on streaming and digital services, reaching over 60 million people worldwide and surpassing a record-setting 1 billion minutes viewed.
National Geographic is making “Before the Flood” available for free across its digital and TVE platforms for seven days, beginning today, June 2, through June 9. This includes Natgeotv.com and Nat Geo TV apps (iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung Connected TVs).
“This story is now more relevant than ever, and as part of our network’s ongoing commitment to engaging audiences in important global discussions, we are pleased to again release this powerful and important film for the world to see,” said Chris Albert, executive vice president, global communications for National Geographic Global Networks. “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.”
Following the administration’s announcement yesterday, National Geographic Society and National Geographic Partners released a joint statement on the decision:
“We are disappointed that the U.S. administration has withdrawn from the 2015 Paris Agreement, the landmark climate change accord that committed the United States and nearly all nations of the world to take actions to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.”
Next Thursday, June 8, BEFORE THE FLOOD will be among the six honorees recognized at the Television Academy Honors, which celebrates and recognizes programming that creates awareness, enlightens, educates and/or positively motivates audiences.
The network also has a new feature documentary, From the Ashes, hitting select theaters starting today in New York and Los Angeles. From National Geographic Documentary Films, produced by RadicalMedia, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, From the Ashes portrays Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health and climate. Premiering on National Geographic on Sunday, June 25, at 9/8c, the film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.
National Geographic has also made BEFORE THE FLOOD available for free to schools and community groups across the country, with more than 300 screenings already taking place and more requests fulfilled each week.