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Behind The Scenes: Star-Studded Climate Solutions Series Premieres in NYC

The Emmy-winning Years of Living Dangerously documentary series returns for a second season to focus on climate change solutions.

The show’s executive producers Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron were among the stars to attend the premiere of the popular climate change series’ second season at an event in New York this week (21 September).


The first season focused on the problems and causes of climate change. But the new eight-episode series will highlight the solutions that people around the world are working on according to Schwarzenegger, the Terminator actor and former governor of California.

Co-creator Joel Bach confirmed the new show will “focus much more … on solutions that individuals, communities, companies and even governments can use to address worldwide climate change,” Think Progress reports.

TV Premiere

National Geographic Channel will air 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.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s much-anticipated climate change documentary Before the Flood will debut on the same day, just days ahead of the UN climate summit COP22 in Marrakesh and the presidential election in the United States.

Let’s have a look at what things were like behind the scenes at the New York premiere where environmental experts, activists and celebrities mixed and mingled!

Gisele Bündchen, the Brazilian fashion model and actress, is one of the stars to feature in the show. Here she is with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the event in New York.

Ugly Betty actor America Ferrera is also featured in the series. She shared the spotlight at the event with the Beyond Coal campaign’s Mary Anne Hitt and Christine Nannicelli, along with community activist Dulce Ortiz.

“Me and James Cameron are really passionate about the environment – we wanted to communicate it better,” Schwarzenegger said on National Geographic’s yellow carpet according to the Climate Group.

Victoria Harmon, a strategic communications advisor with the office of the governor of New York, said she could feel “the excitement for a cleaner planet!”

World Bank climate change expert Max Thabiso Edkins called the premiere “incredible.” He tweeted “We know it’s real, happening – but we can solve climate change.”

Actors Eric West and Ian Somerhalder caught up at the event, and West said they were having a “great time”

Somerhalder, famous for his role in The Vampire Diaries, was a popular figure at the event. Here Beyond Coal’s Mary Ann Hitt can also be seen posing for a photo with the actor.

The premiere took place during New York Climate Week, an international platform for government, business and civil society to work together on low carbon solutions.

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