Years of Living Dangerously is a new documentary series that tells the story of how human contribution to climate change is affecting people’s lifestyles, industries, and even international affairs in places like the US and other vulnerable locations around the world. The show brings some of the big names in the Hollywood scene to help create a high quality documentary that will reach out to the audience about the topic of climate change. Behind the scenes we have the talents of director James Cameron, and 60 Minutes talents Joel Bach and David Gelber, among others. A huge part of the show is also the correspondent team, which is filled with big celebrity names like Jessica Alba, Arnold Schwarzeneger, Harrison Ford, Ian Somerhalder, Matt Damon and many more. All of these celebrities are known to participate in other environmental campaigns, to speak out against climate change and to use their popularity to make the public aware of the impact their actions have on the environment.
The first episode of this series explores three specific cases. The first one is deforestation in Indonesia and how regulations are failing to even protect national parks. The second one looks at how intense droughts are killing some industries on the south of the US and how religion seems to be influencing public opinion. And the third one explores how the start of the civil war in Syria and it’s political instability may have been influenced by intense drought periods pushing people towards revolutionary actions. The show in general does have a very Hollywood storytelling style, which can be easier to digest for those who are starting to get acquainted with the climate change lingo. I do recommend this documentary to everyone regardless of how much they already know about the current climate issues… I can only hope that by the end of it people realize that, unlike in the movies, this is a problem that will stay with us after the credits roll.
Episode I is available on YouTube, you can visit the official website for information about where to watch the rest of the series.