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Free Premiere Documentaries by James Cameron & John D. Liu Raise Awareness

On Thursday, December 8th, at 6:30PM, Inspiration of Sedona will present a free Arizona premiere screening of National Geographic Channel’s season two of James Cameron’s Emmy award-winning documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously,” and John D. Liu’s “Hope In A Changing Climate,” followed by an open, public discussion. You are invited to see season two’s episode three, The Uprooted, of the exciting, critically acclaimed “Years of Living Dangerously” documentary series. For more information, visit yearsoflivingdangerously.com. View trailers at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/years-of-living-dangerously/videos/california-farmers-without-water/ and http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/years-of-living-dangerously/videos/climate-change-and-the-migrant-crisis/. Episode three features Tom Friedman and Don Cheadle. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman investigates the increasing population of climate refugees — migrants forced to leave their homes due to climate change-induced sea-level rise, natural disasters and destroyed livelihoods. He travels from the COP21 climate conference in Paris to the Sahel region of a parched and war-torn Africa, where he hears from refugees themselves. He explores this new wave and what the future may bring. Actor Don Cheadle is on the ground in California, where the worst drought in 1,200 years is devastating the nation’s most populous state and the world’s seventh-largest economy. He investigates how Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is fighting the drought while also fighting climate change. Along the way, Cheadle meets a scientist who warns of a global water and food crisis as well as a family of farmers whose lives may never be the same as they struggle to find water in the parched Central Valley. Produced in collaboration with The Years Project and from executive producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Years of Living Dangerously once again features some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers who are passionate about environmental issues. It reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from across the planet. These Hollywood actors and producers act as correspondents that give first-person accounts from locations — some shockingly close to home, others in far-flung corners of the globe — where the effects of climate change are most prevalent. They cover crucial issues, like severe hurricanes, deforestation, the solar energy crisis, climate migrants, historic droughts and the rapidly increasing extinction rate of our planet’s wildlife. The result is a gritty and raw look at not only how our species has impacted our planet but also how we can save it for future generations. The first season was hailed as “the most important television series ever,” “unexpected, character-driven stories” and “compelling, and frankly terrifying.” “Years of Living Dangerously” won the 2014 Emmy award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and was executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Emmy-winning “60 Minutes” producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, and climate expert Daniel Abbasi. After the first film, ecologist and cameraman John D. Liu’s short “Hope In A Changing Climate” documentary will be shown as a positive and hopeful followup, which optimistically reframes the debate on global warming. Illustrating that large, decimated eco-systems can be restored, the BBC World documentary reveals success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda, and China, which prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and key to stabilizing the earth's climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality. These premiere screenings come to Sedona at a time when the City of Sedona is currently looking at a number of ways to fulfill having sustainability as a fundamental goal of its community plan. They provide inspiration and motivation for individuals as well as our community to become more sustainable and regenerative. The Inspiration of Sedona meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. It is a non-profit, open meeting group, that strives to work together collectively for the betterment of ourselves, our communities, and the world. Its current format involves presenting inspiring and personally empowering events about the social and environmental issues we’re collectively facing, followed by interactive discussion. Please be a part of the inspiration by joining us on Thursday, December 8th, at 6:30PM, downstairs at the Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Drive, Sedona, for these inspiring and exciting, community action-related, free premiere documentary films and discussion. For more info: email: info@inspirationofsedona.org Website: www.inspirationofsedona.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inspirationofsedona 928-284-4021 The Inspiration of Sedona usually meets in the basement at the Church of the Red Rocks. (From Hwy. 179, turn onto Bowstring Drive, and then turn right at the first driveway, and park in the small parking lot opposite the double doors to the basement, or in the upper parking lot if full.) http://verdenews.com/users/photos/2016/nov/30/188012/

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