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g that human society will be wiped out if global warming continues unabated. The film picks up many of the themes of An Inconvenient Truth, which was also an unexpected box office hit.

DiCaprio credited the picture with pushing the environment to the top of the US agenda.

"Certainly in the United States we are the ones that should set an example for the rest of the world. We are the most powerful democracy on the planet and we're also the largest polluters simultaneously," he said.

While Gore's film was an account of his personal crusade to change American public opinion about the urgency of the pollution crisis one audience at a time, The 11th Hour attempts to tackle even bigger questions.

DiCaprio brings in British physicist Stephen Hawking, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Kenyan Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai to argue his case that Western society should "consume less and live more".

Spliced between the interviews are apocalyptic visions of gurgling volcanoes, massive mudslides and clubbed baby seals, all set against images of America's insatiable consumerism. DiCaprio said, despite the film's tone, he was optimistic about humanity's fate.

"I'm happy to be a part of this generation that talks about an issue that affects so many generations after us like global warming does. It's probably the biggest movement in human history, if done right," he said.


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