Tuvalu, an island in the Pacific Ocean, may seem like paradise, but it will sink beneath the waves within a few decades as a result of climate change. Before the Flood: Tuvalu describes the impact of the modern Western lifestyle in a thoughtful and melancholic way, while pointing out the challenge of forgoing short-term consumption for the benefit of increased long-term quality of life, even when the terrible consequences are literally on their front doorstep.

As result of climate change, water-related problems are becoming increasingly severe in many corners of the world. About Water (Über Wasser) makes it clear that this is an issue of global justice; the regions where the consequences of climate change are most dramatic are those which contributed least to the problem.