Over the last 30 years climate change has remained a hot button issue, with no sign that the world’s population will come to a consensus. If you couldn’t tell from watching the original Avatar, James Cameron is an environmental advocate. The science fiction film took a look at how human actions can directly destroy a world’s natural environment and resources. Now Cameron wants to take those ideas and make them a reality with a new documentary series.
To James Cameron, climate change is not a political issue, or an American problem, but rather a world problem. Cameron teamed up with producer and United Artist CEO Jerry Weintraub and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger to release a new documentary series called Years of Living Dangerously, which is about how climate change effects everyone on this planet.
The eight-episode documentary series will premiere on the premium cable network Showtime. It will feature notable Hollywood celebrities including Ian Somerhalder, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Olivia Munn, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera, and Michael C. Hall, traveling around the world to act as correspondents to capture the real-life cost to humanity of climate change. The series will take place in the United States, the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia.
Read the official synopsis below…
“Years of Living Dangerously is a multi-part television event tells the biggest story of our time: climate change and the impact it’s having on people right now in the US and all over the world. Over the course of eight episodes, we’ll report on the crippling effects of climate change-related weather events and the ways individuals, communities, companies and governments are struggling to find solutions to the biggest threat our world has ever faced”
James Cameron wants Years of Living Dangerously to win humanity’s hearts and minds towards the issue. The documentary series will focus on the people of the world and not the politics behind climate change. “Everybody thinks that this is about melting glaciers and polar bears,” Cameron says in the trailer. “I think it’s a big mistake. This is 100 percent a people story.”
Years of Living Dangerously promises to be a compelling human drama with the power to enlighten people on the real world problems of climate change. Of course, this isn’t the first documentary to tackle this important issue. In 2006, Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth took a look at the science of climate change, while James Cameron’s Years of Living Dangerously will approach how the global phenomenon affects the people of the world.
Years of Living Dangerously will premiere sometime in April 2014 on Showtime. Check out the episode rundown below:
- Jessica Alba (actress, author and co-founder of The Honest Company) follows three Climate Corps fellows as they attempt to green the corporate sector.
- Mark Bittman (food journalist, author, and New York Times columnist) shoots two pieces: he explores rising sea levels and the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, with a focus on Union Beach, New Jersey; and, in an investigation that takes him all across the country, he tries to determine just how clean natural gas is.
- Don Cheadle (star of the SHOWTIME series HOUSE OF LIES) reports on the severe droughts in the Southwest, and sees if a town in Texas can rebound.
- Matt Damon (Elysium) examines the public health impact of heat waves as they sweep across Los Angeles and other cities around the globe.
- America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) explores wind and solar power: if they’re so good, why are so many people trying to block them?
- Harrison Ford (42) travels to Indonesia to report on deforestation and the struggle to prevent it.
Thomas Friedman (journalist, New York Times columnist and author) investigates how climate change impacts national sovereignty in the Middle East.
- Michael C. Hall (star of the SHOWTIME series DEXTER®) goes to Bangladesh to see a vision of our climate-changed future.
- Chris Hayes (MSNBC’s All In) shoots two pieces involving Super Storm Sandy: a U.S. congressman comes face to face with climate change when extreme weather hits close to home; two Far Rockaway families endure the winter following the destructive storm.
- Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) reports from Washington State as a new governor makes combating global warming a top priority.
- Dr. M. Sanjayan (lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy) sets out on an epic journey around the world to see the effects of climate change firsthand. Will he be convinced that climate change is real?
- Arnold Schwarzenegger (former Governor of California) treks deep into the forests of the American West, following a team of elite “Hot Shot” firefighters as they face what could be one of the worst fire seasons yet.
- Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) follows Anna Jane Joyner, the 28-year-old daughter of Evangelical preacher Rick Joyner, as she tries to convince congregations and preachers across North Carolina – including her father – that they need to join the fight.
- Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes correspondent) travels to Greenland to explore the fate of the Arctic as global temperature increases melt the ice sheet at an unprecedented rate and unlock all sorts of new riches.