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Leonardo DiCaprio is to release his long-awaited feature length documentary, The 11th Hour, in August. Inspired by former U.S. vice president Al Gore's fight for environmental issues in the 90s, DiCaprio put himself in the film as a concerned citizen asking experts some tough environmental questions.

What’s different about The 11th Hour is that the documentary not only portrays the impact of human actions on our planet, but it also offers hope and solutions. Over 50 of the world’s most prominent thinkers and activists, such as physicist Stephen Hawking and Dr Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace, talk about the grave problems the earth faces and then offer ways in which humanity can co-exist with and/or mimic the earth’s life systems rather than dominate them.

Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, he explains “Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity. We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.”

In the wake of increasing natural disaster events, the film supports a sense of urgency and offers “visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s beleaguered ecosystems,” thereby turning man’s darkest hour into its finest.

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