2 Spectacular Climate Documentaries to Watch This October

Two brand new climate change documentaries are set to make their TV and online debuts on 30 and 31 October.

Just days ahead of the COP22 climate summit in Marrakesh – and the US presidential election – the star-studded documentaries are set to premiere on television and a range of popular digital platforms.

Celebrity power matters, researchers who looked into the DiCaprio effect confirmed earlier this year. The new documentaries could introduce a whole new audience to not only the causes of climate change, but also the solutions.

Hollywood stars like America Ferrera, Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger are working with National Geographic Channel to make sure the documentaries reach as broad an audience as possible.

1. Before the Flood

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood is billed as the highest-profile environmental film since Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘. The film is summed up by The Wrap as a “straightforward, elegantly presented survey of the science on climate change” along with suggestions on how to fix it.

Before the documentary is shown on TV, it will be screened at the White House and at 50 universities across the United States.

The film features an impressive range of environmental champions as guest stars, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, US president Barack Obama and even the Pope. The documentary made its debut on the world stage at Toronto’s Princess of Wales theatre in early September.

How to watch: The film will debut globally on 31 October on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries in 45 languages. It is likely the documentary will also be available on digital platforms such as Apple iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Hulu but this has yet to be confirmed.

2. Years of Living Dangerously

Years of Living Dangerously returns for a second season. The new episodes of the Emmy-winning climate change docu-series will focus on solutions, according to executive producer Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the first episode, a bearded David Letterman travels to India to investigate how it provides energy to the 1.2 billion people who live there.

The eight-part documentary cleverly combines the storytelling styles of some of Hollywood’s top blockbuster movie makers – including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub – with the skills of investigative reporters and a team of leading news journalists and scientists.

Every episode is hosted by special celebrity correspondents committed to using their spotlight to highlight major issues like climate change. Each correspondent explores a different impact of climate change, from droughts in the Middle East to the dangerous levels of carbon emissions resulting from deforestation.

How to watch: National Geographic Channel will debut the new season in 171 countries and 45 languages on 30 October 2016. The series will also be available on popular digital platforms such as Apple iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Hulu.

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