Climate change on the yellow carpet at ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ premiere


From left, actors Bradley Whitford, Aasif Mandvi, America Ferrera, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder, and model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic’s “Years Of Living Dangerously” new season world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History  in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Climate change on the yellow carpet at ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ premiere

By Davia Rivka

If you were at the CCL national conference in June you may have noticed a film crew wandering around, or Bradley Whitford (of West Wing fame) practicing a laser talk in the hallway with Jay Butera or Ashley Hunt-Martorano dressed to the nines with a new hairdo. Or you may have seen Mark Reynolds engaged in a mock member of Congress conversation with Bradley Whitford, Mark huffing and guffawing and shaking his finger in Bradley’s direction.

You may have asked yourself, ‘where am I and what is going on?’

In 2014 Showtime aired “Years of Living Dangerously,” an Emmy award-winning documentary series about climate change. And since climate scientists are not known for being particularly seductive or compelling, each episode featured a dashing celebrity ‘correspondent’ in the field giving a first person account.

So why was the charming Bradley Whitford practicing a laser talk in the hallway of the Omni Shoreham and what was Ashley Hunt-Martorano up to in that fabulous new dress?

Last month, “Years of Living Dangerously” had its New York premiere for its second season, a star-studded event replete with a National Geographic yellow carpet! CCL’s Jay Butera and Ashley Hunt-Martarano can be seen hob-knobbing with the stars. Glitz and pomp aside, when Bradley Whitford gave a shout out to the effective work of CCL, my heart skipped a beat.

Season Two of “Years of Living Dangerously” will air on October 30 on the National Geographic channel. This season has eight episodes, with many returning celebrities and a few new faces added into the mix. The list includes executive producers Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron as well as Giselle Bundchen, David Letterman, Jack Black, Ty Burrell, Thomas Friedman, Joshua Jackson, Aasif Mandvi, Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, Cecily Strong and Bradley Whitford.

Oh, and did I mention Ashley Hunt-Martorano, Jay Butera and Mark Reynolds?

“Years” wants to make climate change real, tangible and immediate to everyone. “Years” wants to tell stories that move people to action. Season Two not only focuses on droughts, hurricanes and rapidly increasing rates of wildlife extinction, but also on actions and solutions.

And that is why Bradley was practicing his laser talk, why Jay looked so incredibly dapper and why Ashley had on her Sunday best.

My lips are sealed. No spoiler alerts here. But take it from me, get out a big red marker and put Dec. 7, 2016, on your calendar! I have a hunch you won’t want to miss this episode! Or, for that matter, any of the other episodes.

“Years of Living Dangerously” is a powerful production about climate change that has broad reach into homes across the globe. “Years of Living Dangerously” tells the story in a strong, clear, provocative way. “Years of Living Dangerously” provides us with an immense opportunity to engage others.

Many CCL chapters are planning watch parties for the Dec. 7 episode, but since air time is 10 p.m., groups are scheduling parties for the following evening at an earlier time. For CCL volunteers, there is a guide for hosting parties that is downloadable on CCL Community.

Davia Rivka is a Los Angeles-based climate change warrior who is hard at work on her second book: a collection of inspirational stories about the extraordinary work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers. Check out her blog at