Target: Joel Bach and David Gelder, Producers of Years of Living Dangerously
Goal: Celebrate an award-winning documentary series that raises awareness about the devastating effects of climate change
Few Hollywood productions have focused on the subject of climate change. Many producers have been deterred by the challenge of portraying the phenomenon in a visually captivating way. Former 60 Minutes producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, however, frustrated by the lack of attention paid to this urgent issue, took on that challenge. They raised $15 million, in part by enlisting the help of major celebrities to appear in the show. The list of big names appearing in the resulting Showtime documentary series Years of Living Dangerously includes Harrison Ford, Ian Somerhalder, America Ferrera, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle, as well as New York Times journalists Thomas L. Friedman and Mark Bittman. Yet, it is Bach and Gelber’s use of this starpower that makes the series so compelling.
Instead of asking the celebrities what they think about climate change, the producers have put their journalism skills to the test, sending them to the frontlines to document the impact of climate change around the world. The actors fly to Indonesian forests that have been slashed and burned to make room for palm oil plantations and to farmland in the U.S. stricken with drought. They interview a variety of people, searching for answers from leading scientists to ordinary people struggling with the effects of climate change.
Notably, the producers tackle the controversies surrounding climate change head on. In presenting various viewpoints, they attempt to grapple with the uncertainties and complexities that have convinced many that climate change is not real, particularly the clash that seems so often to occur between religion and science.
By signing the petition below, you can applaud this groundbreaking series that drives us to engage with the issue of climate change on a more critical and emotional level.
Dear Mr. Bach and Mr. Gelder,
I am writing to applaud you for your Emmy award-winning documentary series on climate change Years of Living Dangerously. One of the few Hollywood productions to tackle this challenging issue, your series has helped viewers engage with climate change on a more visceral level. Encouraged by the featured celebrities working as investigative journalists, viewers can witness the profound impact of climate change on a global scale as well as the devastating effects on our communities here at home in the U.S.
With the series becoming available on iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo on Demand in addition to the premium channel Showtime, Years of Living Dangerously can raise awareness among a wider audience, inspiring even more viewers to make a difference. Thank you for your vision and your perseverance, which have made this entire initiative possible. I hope Years of Living Dangerously may continue to galvanize viewers all around the world into caring more about our planet and taking concrete steps to sustain it.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management via Wikimedia Commons