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Executive producer James Cameron
Years of Living Dangerously is a forthcoming nonfiction documentary television series focusing on the American and international impact of, and solutions to, climate change. It is expected to premiere on Showtime on April 13, 2014 at 10pm.James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger are executive producers of the series. Schwarzenegger said that he had been thinking about why the issue of climate change has not yet resonated strongly with the public despite the warnings from the scientific community: "I think the environmental movement only can be successful if we are simple and clear and make it a human story. We will tell human stories in this project. The scientists would never get the kind of attention that someone in show business gets."
Years of Living Dangerously consists of nine episodes. The episodes feature celebrity investigators, who travel to areas around the world and throughout the U.S. affected by global warming to interview experts and ordinary people and view the impacts of climate change. The celebrities include Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera, Schwarzenegger, Lesley Stahl, Mark Bittman, Ian Somerhalder, Olivia Munn and Michael C. Hall. Joseph Romm and Heidi Cullen are the chief science advisors. Electus International has acquired the international rights to the series.
Segments from the show are slated to include the following:
Executive producer and correspondent Schwarzenegger
· Alba reports on how Climate Corps fellows work to make the corporate sector more environmentally friendly;
· Bittman investigates rising sea levels and the environmental impact of producing natural gas;
· Cheadle reports on the severe droughts in the Southwest United States;
· Damon explores the public health issues raised by heat waves;
· Ferrera reports on the political obstacles to the growth of wind and solar power;
· Ford visits Indonesia to learn about deforestation and the struggle to prevent it;
· Thomas Friedman investigates how climate change impacts national sovereignty in the Middle East;
· Hall travels to Bangladesh to see how climate change will impact the rest of the world in the coming decades;
· Chris Hayes reports on how Super Storm Sandy affected towns and families;
· Munn follows the new governor of Washington State, who is making the fight against global warming a top priority;
· M. Sanjayan circles the globe to see the effects of climate change firsthand;
· Schwarzenegger accompanies a team of elite firefighters in Western U.S. forests as they face the destructive fire season;
· Somerhalder follows the daughter of Evangelical preacher Rick Joyner, as she tries to persuade congregations and preachers in North Carolina (including her father) to join the fight against global warming; and
· Stahl visits Greenland to view the effect of rising temperatures melting the arctic ice sheet.
The Globe and Mail calls the series "a lavish, gripping production focused on the real effect of climate change in real people's lives around the world." The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media noted that the series shows what scientists do in the field "and why they're reaching the conclusion that this problem is such a serious risk to the viability of our civilization and requires urgent action. ... [The] actors [get] their 'hands dirty'. ... [The show] may ... open new avenues for climate change communications."
Have you ever thought that the movement to fight climate change needs to get WAY bigger?
Good news: in 11 days, a new TV show is coming out that might just get a huge number of people connecting the climate dots.
It's called "Years of Living Dangerously", and it's shaping up to be a pretty big deal. It's got some big stars (Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle), is being produced by James Cameron (who made Avatar and Titanic), and tells a story of planetary proportions: the story of the climate crisis. The first of nine episodes is coming out on April 13th, and the buzz is really starting to build.
This is one of those moments you want to seize, so we're going big and launching a day of watch-parties on April 13th. All over the country, in living rooms and libraries, we'll gather to watch the show, join a live web-chat afterwards, and talk about where we can go from here.
To make this work, we need people like you to step up and host an event. It's pretty easy -- the episode is being streamed for free on YouTube, so all you need is a way to display it and a place for folks to gather and watch it.
Can you help out by hosting a local watch-party on April 13th?
Hosting a watch party is simple -- you just need two things:
1) A couple of hours on Sunday April 13th
2) A way to display the show for an audience.
Our team will send you resources to help make sure your event is a success -- and, if you'd like, we'll spread the word about your watch-party to 350 supporters near you.
At 350.org, we're working on a lot of big campaigns: the Reject and Protect action in DC to stop the Keystone XL pipeline on April 26th, the fast-growing Fossil Free divestment campaign, plus hundreds of vitally important local and regional struggles across the country.
All of these efforts have one thing in common: the more people that join them, the stronger this movement becomes. This show, "The Years of Living Dangerously", has the potential to get a LOT of new folks thinking about the climate crisis.
So, let's harness this moment.
Anna for the 350.org team
P.S. Not sure if you can commit yet? Click here to learn more about hosting an event and watch the epic trailer for the Years of Living Dangerously.
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