10:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Nat Geo's Trump Retort: Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate-Change Doc to Get Ad-Free Run
National Geographic Channel is taking action a day after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
The channel is making the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced climate-change documentary Before the Flood available commercial-free on all of its digital and TV platforms for one week. Viewers will be able to watch the doc on NatGeoTV.com, as well as on the Nat Geo TV apps on Apple TV, ROS, iOS and Android devices, among others.
“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, National Geographic Global Networks evp global communications. “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.”
Before the Flood, directed and produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens, sees producer DiCaprio meeting with scientists, activists and world leaders to talk about the dangers of climate change and potential solutions.
The doc premiered last October on Nat Geo in 171 countries and 45 languages, as well as commercial-free on streaming and digital services, reaching over 60 million people worldwide. The network also made Before the Flood available for free to schools across the country, with more than 300 screenings already taking place.
Before the Flood is one of several climate-change projects that has aired on Nat Geo in recent years as part of the network's continued commitment to covering climate change. The channel also premiered season two of Years of Living Dangerously.
National Geographic Society and National Geographic Partners issued a lengthy statement Thursday about the president's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
“We are disappointed that the U.S. administration has withdrawn from the 2015 Paris Agreement, the landmark climate change accord that committed the United States and nearly all nations of the world to take actions to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.”