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Groundbreaking Showtime Series Features UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors

Nairobi, 25 April 2014 - Years of Living Dangerously, a groundbreaking documentary series event, premiered this month on the SHOWTIME cable television channel, harnesses the power of UNEP's Goodwill Ambassadors - among other prominent celebrities and journalists - to explore the human impact of climate change.

Executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Daniel Abbasi, Years of Living Dangerously combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood's top movie with the reporting expertise of co-creators Joel Bach and David Gelber to reveal critical stories of heartbreak, hope and heroism as the race to save the planet continues.

The series features celebrity correspondents - including UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder - who travel the globe to speak with people affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change.

Other correspondents in the series include Jessica Alba, Mark Bittman, Matt Damon, America Ferrera, Harrison Ford, Thomas Friedman, Michael C. Hall, Chris Hayes, Olivia Munn, M. Sanjayan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Lesley Stahl.

Throughout the nine episode series, each correspondent delves into a different impact of climate change - from the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy to political upheaval caused by droughts in the Middle East to the dangerous level of carbon emissions resulting from deforestation in Indonesia.

The project portrays the current and intensifying effects of climate change on everyday people and demonstrates how they can take action and be part of the solution.

UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner sits on the project's Scientific Advisory Board.

Notes to Editors:

The first episode of Years of Living Dangerously can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/user/Years

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Don Cheadle's episode can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh9lxyalVDY

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder's episode will air on Showtime on 4 May 2014.

Learn more at http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com

For more information, contact: UNEPnewsdesk@unep.org




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