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WATCH: Trailer for UN climate documentary featuring actor and UNEP ambassador Ian Somerhalder

05 September 2014
WATCH: Trailer for UN climate documentary featuring actor and UNEP ambassador Ian Somerhalder

LONDON: The UN has launched a trailer for its new climate documentary, narrated by actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder, which seeks to engage a wider public audience around climate issues. 

Climate Heroes: Stories of Change, which is produced as part of Momentum for Change, an initiative of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, connects nine stories about climate action around the world.

The positive stories range from solar-powered light entrepreneurs in India to low carbon projects in Australia and Mexico, and bring a human face to what has largely been a high-level conversation that has often excluded everyday people. 

The film aims to showcase how low carbon energy and action to tackle climate change doesn't just mean safer, cleaner communities and environment, but that it is creating jobs and helping secure a better future for everyone.

Narrating the trailer, UNEP ambassador and Hollywood actor Ian Somerhalder, explains: "Up until now, climate change has mostly been a story about challenges. But then with challenge, comes opportunity."

The documentary will be released during Climate Week NYC, which from September 22-28, will be home to around 100 events featuring heads of state, business leaders and the public, to discuss low carbon solutions and encourage climate action at all levels.

In the lead up to Climate Week NYC, The Climate Group is hosting a series of live #CWNYC Twitter Q&As to drive public conversation around these issues. If you're interested in engaging mainstream audiences on climate action in formats such as the UN documentary, then be sure to join us on September 10, when we'll be hosting America's most-watched TV weather anchor, The Weather Channel's Sam Champion, who will be chatting live about American people's awareness of and appetite for bold climate action.

Climate Week NYC is also the collaborative space for all events in support of the UN Climate Summit, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday September 23. Together the two summits have the potential to catapult climate change back to the top of the world agenda, mobilizing leaders to act now.

Find out more about the UN's Momentum for Change.

Watch the trailer

For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit

See our Climate Week NYC media resources page for press releases, contacts and more info.

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By Clare Saxon

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