Ecologists Tom Swetnam and Craig Allen explain the feedback loop of climate change creating conditions for worsening wildfires. The wildfires, in turn, eliminate trees which absorb carbon, making climate change worse. Arnold Schwarzenegger narrates.
Chat live with Joel Bach, one of the creators and producers of Years of Living Dangerously, starring Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other influential celebrities, journalists and political leaders, to find out how Hollywood is driving global climate action.
Join our live Twitter Q&A on Thursday, June 19th @ 12pm ET. Use #YEARSProject
What’s your carbon footprint? Find out with the latest personal footprint calculator for the United States based on zip code. Brought to you by Make an Impact at Center of Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).
EXCLUSIVE YEARS TWITTER CHAT: Greening the Bottom Line
Monday June 9 — Join us on Twitter at 4pm ET for an exclusive online chat with two young leaders and a major corporation who are going green to save the world and boost the bottom line. Follow @YEARSofLIVING and #YEARSProject to join the conversation.
Can a handful of intrepid business school students create lasting solutions to climate change? The Environmental Defense Fund thinks so. That’s why they’ve set up the Climate Corps program. Each year one hundred of the country’s brightest MBA students are tapped to spend their summer embedded with major corporations, where they analyze energy waste and then propose solutions that slash costs and limit pollution.
Years of Living Dangerously followed three Climate Corps fellows in their quest to slash waste, cut pollution and save money for the businesses they advised. Two of those fellows, Jenise Young (@jenise_n) and Scott Miller Scott (@WallToGreenSt), will answer YOUR questions in an exclusive Twitter chat on Monday, June 9 at 4pm ET. They will be joined by an executive of Caeser Entertainment Corporation, via their Caesars Code Green (@CETCodeGreen) handle.
More on Jenise & Scott:
Jenise Young worked to find ways to make Texas Southern University a more efficient campus by identifying energy savings for three campus buildings including the student center. Young, whose fellowship was funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, was also tasked with assisting Dr. Robert Bullard in establishing a climate change research consortium for historically black colleges and universities in the Gulf Coast and Southern Atlantic regions.
Scott Miller worked to identify energy efficiency opportunities from exterior lighting and pool, spa and fountain pump systems at Caesars Entertainment Corporation. By implementing Miller’s project recommendations at all domestic properties, Caesars Entertainment could save more than $350,000 and 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power more than 500 homes for a year and avoid 3,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
"We are all part of something that we truly believe in, and are passionate about, and we believe is making a positive impact, maybe at a local level or regional level, it has a positive ripple effect. Absolutely, we can change the world, but so can anyone." - Scott Miller, Climate Corps Fellow
SNEAK PREVIEW: President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Thomas Friedman in the Library of the White House. It is the President’s first-ever television interview dedicated solely to climate change.
The Forest Stewardship Council US (FSC) works to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Our vision is that we can meet our current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world’s forests for future generations. http://youtu.be/wnDkXWNDsDE
Mark Bittman talks about why he cares about Climate Change and his experience reporting for Years of Living Dangerously. Tune in TOMORROW, May 19th @ 8pm ET/PT as he conducts an investigation to see whether natural gas is an ideal energy source and the way towards a cleaner, greener future.
A Letter to Years of Living Dangerously: Submitted by Enya
Years of Living Dangerously ! ^^ Wow !
I am Enya. I’m twenty one years old girl, and I’m French student in Cinema. I discovered your environmental organization Conservation International, through various actions by Mr. Harrison Ford. Thanks to him, I discovered also cinema, and my passion for cinema is born and grows up. I want to work in Cinema (screenwriter, director of movies…).
I followed the various actions that he led, through documentaries and videos. I think what he does, and what your organization is doing is very important for our planet. I admire your actions and his actions including on deforestation, with this sentence which has a great impact : « Nature Does not need people, people need nature to survive the extinction. Would kind of the human being and go on just fine, order human culture, human beings, can not survive without nature ». He’s right. I think it’s great that an actor with such a talent and such great career, and who is a great person, he is so invested in his actions for the environment.
I would like to thank him for making me discover all these things. Thanks to him, I joined your Community and I saw your amazing documentary YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY !
I would love to participate in this adventure and in these great documentaries !
An Open Letter to My Daddy Who Doesn't Accept Climate Change
This poignant letter is to my father, who is among the most powerful evangelical ministers in the world. Pastor Rick Joyner heads MorningStar Ministries, a global group with over 100 churches and partners in dozens of countries. My father won’t accept climate change is human-caused. In this Sunday night’s episode of Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime at 10 p.m., I take him to meet scientists and see the situation on the ground. I wrote this open appeal to him.
As you know, combating climate change is my life’s work. I believe it is the greatest challenge of our time. I feel a deep duty, to both my faith and my generation, to spread this message. We are the first generation that knows how serious the stakes are, as well as the last to be able to do something about it in time.
I learned from you that we are called on to protect God’s creation and to love our neighbors. I write you today because we need your leadership to achieve a bright future for all of us — and our children.
Fossil fuels have brought the world many wonderful things, but now we know they come with a high price — an unimaginably high price if we don’t act soon to start transitioning off of them. We need to create a world where our energy needs are met without depending on fossil fuels that make us sick and heat up our planet. We can only do this together.
Daddy, I know you are someone who takes stewardship of creation as a moral mandate. I believe ignoring climate change is inconsistent with our faith. The risks are massive, and the science is clear. If we do nothing, our planet will face severe impacts, and billions of people will be hurt, most of whom contributed little or nothing to the problem. How is that just? How is that loving our neighbors?
Many people are already being negatively impacted, such as our friends, the oystermen, in Apalachicola, along with people from Texas to Bangladesh, from Syria to Staten Island — whose powerful stories are told in the Showtime series you and I appear in, “Years of Living Dangerously.”
It’s not just livelihoods at stake, it is our lives, God’s greatest gift to us. Daddy, will you use your voice to be a part of the solution? Christians are believers in resurrection, renewal, and salvation — even against all odds. We can help bring much needed light and healing to this situation, or we can allow misinformation and myopia to continue to be a hurdle to hope.
You are right, we do need truth. And now, more than ever, we also need action. I hope you’ll join me in working to overcome this great challenge, maybe the greatest are planet has ever faced. You and I both know our faith has risen to the occasion before and overcome great injustice and incredible obstacles. I hope we can come together, and do it now. For our planet and for each other.