Before The Flood

Week 8 Discussion


This discussion is all about the documentary Before the Flood. If you haven’t already, you will need to watch it before you can complete the discussion. Access instructions are on the materials page.

As explained by Leonardo DiCaprio, the whole purpose of Before the Flood is to inspire climate action: do you think the film is effective at doing so? Why or why not? Be sure to support your position with specific details from the film (for example, which scenes or images are most/least powerful? Which kinds of arguments do you find most/least compelling? does one specific fact/ issue/person stand out? Did watching the film inspire you to do something? If so, what?). More generally, how might making or watching a documentary compare to other strategies for climate action such as those of Greta Thunberg and other youth leaders that you can read more about here (Links to an external site.)?


Write a 250-word initial post following the prompt above. Be sure to support your position with specific details from this week’s materials, especially the film. Then, reply to at least 2 other students’ posts with comments of 100 words or more. Your discussion contributions should be thoughtful, logically organized, and well-written/edited. Please be respectful, but do not shy away from challenging questions and constructive criticism.