If they don’t already care about climate change, then this might just be the thing that finally inspires and motivates your friends and family to.
This isn’t just another Al Gore documentary, but admittedly, there are big names in it and it is about climate change!
So what can Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon and Jessica Alba possibly tell you about climate change that you didn’t already know?
Well, Years of Living Dangerously looks at the human face of the issue. Executive produced by James Cameron and “I’ll be back” Arnie, it feels more like a Hollywood blockbuster than a scientific documentary. It is Avatar meets Indiana Jones meets Al Gore’s PowerPoint presentation, if you will.
Into the jungle
In the opening episode, Harrison Ford travels to the rainforests of Indonesia to learn first hand about the struggle to protect forests.
The star is not new to the issue of deforestation, as he has served on the board of Conservation International for over 20 years. But this was a chance for him to see it up close. It is indeed a bit like Indiana Jones as he flies on a NASA airplane taking samples, travels by boat into the jungle and confronts top Indonesian government officials. Very gung-ho!
While in the country, Ford also spent time with the head of Greenpeace’s Indonesia forest campaign, Bustar Maitar. The pair discussed the challenges organisations like Greenpeace, WWF and Rainforest Action Network face, consumer activism, how palm oil can be grown sustainably and why it should be.
In the past few months, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world had been calling on the US consumer goods company Proctor and Gamble to stop using palm oil from unsustainable sources in its products, which include Head and Shoulders. And they listened.
As have many of their competitors: Unilever, Nestlé, L’Oreal, Ferrero and Colgate-Palmolive. All of these companies, including Asia’s leading agribusiness group Wilmar, have committed to remove forest destruction from all of their products with full traceability for the palm oil it sources.
The celebrities, journalists, scientists and activists you’ll see in Years of Living Dangerously are doing their part. But really, it’s all of you that they’re counting on.
The first episode of Years of Living Dangerously is free on YouTube and our friends at 350.org are organising screening parties. But you can watch it here or here!
So why not join in or arrange your own screening for your friends and family? The Years of Living Dangerously folks also have a website with ideas on how you can take part.
But, don’t worry if you or your loved ones don’t have that much time to spare, as you could join Joaquin Phoenix, Gillian Anderson and Marion Cotillard in signing the Tiger Manifesto, which only takes a moment but makes a big difference to the movement. We’ll use your voice to convince companies it is worth changing how they get their palm oil.
It’s up to all of us to make the world we live in safe. Now is the time to make a stand. Thousands of small steps go a long way. Let this journey begin for your friends and family by watching Years of Living Dangerously.
Andrew Davies is the Digital mobilization and networking team leader at Greenpeace International.