According to Elon Musk in DiCaprio’s Before the Flood, it would only take 100 Gigafactories to transition the entire world to renewable energy.

National Geographic aired their newest documentary film “Before the Flood” yesterday. Helmed by Leonardo DiCaprio the film explores the topic of climate change, and discoveres what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

You don't have to be a scientist to know that one of the possible solutions is to stop using fossil fuels and replace them entirely with renewable energy. That was the topic Leo discussed with Tesla CEO Elon Musk during the actor’s visitation at the Gigafactory.

The plant opened its doors in July this year and is currently still only about 14 percent complete. When fully finished, it will be one of the biggest buildings on the planet with a size of nearly 174 NFL football fields. The tour of the Gigafactory in the video above appears to have happened shortly after the production there started. It features the battery module production line and gives a pretty interesting inside look at the assembly lines and robots.

The Californian automaker is investing $5 billion USD (approximately $6.7B CAD) in the Gigafactory, which could employ up to 10,000 people in the next three or four years. The factory is expected to produce 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2018 - or the equivalent to the entire world's production in 2014.

As for the National Geographic’s new documentary, the series is directed by Fisher Stevens and captures “a three-year personal journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.”

The film aired globally across multiple platforms, including Youtube (see below) where it has already surpassed 1.7 million views in a little over 24 hours.

 

Source: National Geographic via Electrek

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