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Joel Bach

20 June 2014
Joel Bach

On June 19 we hosted a live Twitter Q&A with Joel Bach, Executive Producer of hit US documentary-series Years of Living Dangerously to talk about how Hollywood has the ability to drive climate action and shape policy. Here are just a few of the highlights.

First Joel Bach was asked about the structure of the show and how he came to be interested in climate change as a subject for the series; a bold theme given American media's hesitancy prior to President Obama's promises to act on climate earlier in the year.

There were many celebrities involved in the show, including Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even Obama in the season finale, who was interviewed by multiple Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Thomas Friedman, in which he had stated: “It’s frustrating when the science is in front of us. We can argue about how but let’s not argue about what’s going on."

People were keen to ask Joel about the high-profile cast's involvement, motives and the impact of having such big household names get behind this important issue.

The Climate Group was interested to find out if having the celebrities star in the show both creates and reflects a changing public perception of climate action and support for solutions in the country. 

Some of the guests on the show came from quite conservative backgrounds, which sparked some interesting discussion around the non-partisan, intrinsic need for leaders to act on climate to achieve a better future for all.

It was clear throughout the chat that Joel valued the power of the show's audience to make change happen, if they took the right message home. He was asked by a few different participants what he had gathered was the single most important action he hoped the audience should take to tackle climate change themselves, to which he asserted a price on carbon is key.

On future themes for a potential second series, Joel mentioned nuclear and even geoengineering could be possible subjects, but was mainly keen to hear what viewers would like to see if the show returned. And with his main call to action he ended the busy Q&A with:

You can watch the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously online. We will also be hosting more Twitter chats throughout the year with a wide range of guests, so keep an eye on our Twitter account and the hashtag #CleanRevolution.

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