It won’t air on television until April 13, but Showtime has already released the first episode of a cutting-edge 9-part series that will be unlike anything on cable. It’s real, but it’s not reality TV. It’s drama, but it’s unscripted. And we completely support binge-watching it. The best part of this eye-opening series? Its star-studded panel, and not because they’re good to look at.  James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub have called upon Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, Matt Damon, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name a few, to help convey a story that is the most suspenseful of all time.

Years of Living Dangerously” documents the world’s most recent catastrophes that are related to climate change and how human behavior contributed to such events. Some incidents hit close to home (Hurricane Sandy) while others may shock you as being climate-associated (civil war in Syria), but all encompass the same message, epitomized by ‘Years’ “star” Harrison Ford:

Nothing is more important to human society than preserving its natural capitol. Nature does not need people, people need nature.”

When celebrities use the spotlight (and, in all honesty, the resources their money can buy) to bring attention to social issues, I feel the impact they have on viewers is more significant than any other public figure, expert, or activist could have. These actors and singers are glorified for creating something that takes regular people away from the real world, even just for a moment. And while everything in the movies may be perfect, we all have to come back down to earth at some point. To show empathy and humility for a world where they are the best off out of anyone financially, and admit that they are no better off than anyone because we all share the same fate, is truly inspiring. Money and power can temporarily protect some from the grave danger that human-nature interaction has concocted, but at what cost to everyone else? What ‘Years’ reveals is that every human is fighting for the same thing, to live. While to some its a fight for survival and for others a competition for extravagance, the playing field is more level than we think, which has made the battle all that more destructive. I love seeing those I already look up to give me a reason to keep believing, or at least, keep fighting. I’ll be watching the first episode tonight, which in just one hour will cover the topics of drought, energy, and emissions. Join me? Here’s Episode 1 below!

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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