Thursday 27 October 2016

Before The Flood director warns of consequences of Trump presidency

Published 09/09/2016 | 21:31

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the documentary
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the documentary

The director of Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary on climate change has claimed a Donald Trump victory in the US presidential election would be "the worst thing that could happen" for the environment.

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Oscar-winner Fisher Stevens filmed DiCaprio as he travelled around the world to see the effects of global warming for his latest feature, Before The Flood.

Stevens joined The Revenant actor at the documentary's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival where he voiced concerns about Mr Trump's views on climate change.

The Republican nominee has previously claimed global warming is a hoax created by China and said he would "cancel" the Paris climate deal aimed at cutting carbon emissions.

Stevens told the Press Association: "Donald Trump would be the worst thing that could happen on the planet if he's elected president.

"At least that's what he never know with Donald Trump. Right now, he says he won't validate the Paris climate talks and he's going to overturn all of the good things (Barack) Obama has been doing."

Stevens, who produced the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove about dolphin hunting practices in Japan, said DiCaprio,41, approached him about making their latest film together.

Before The Flood follows DiCaprio as he travels to a number of countries, visiting flooded streets in Miami Beach, smog-choked areas of Beijing and incinerated forests in Indonesia.

"We're not doing this to get rich," Stevens said.

"Leo certainly didn't schlep around all over the world to enhance his career.

"I learnt the climate is actually in worse shape than I expected. I also learned we could fix it a lot easier than I thought. The way renewables and solar and wind are becoming more affordable, it's all economics."

DiCaprio's long-time collaborator, director Martin Scorsese, is an executive producer on the Before The Flood.

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