A bunch of comedians came together to get you to care about climate change
It’s Thursday, November 1, and a bunch of comedians came together to get you to care about climate change.
The comedy video website Funny or Die teamed up with a bunch of comedians, politicians, and community leaders for a 7-part series on climate change.
The New American Road Trip is hosted by comedian and activist JC Coccoli — you may have seen her on Key and Peele and E’s Chelsea Lately — and features a bunch of other comedians (Oscar from The Office, anyone?) along with California’s Governor Jerry Brown and the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jaime Lannister) from Game of Thrones even makes an appearance!
In the pilot episode, Coccoli wakes up in a feverish sweat, having just dreamt of climate catastrophe. “Humans are killing the planet,” she says. “And I’m complicit as f—!” She proceeds to start tweeting @MotherEarth.
Coccoli then jumped in an electric car and embarked on a cross-country tour to highlight problems tied to climate change and also showcase the wide range of opportunities spurred by the renewable energy boom. The trip began on September 14 in California, right after the historic Climate Action Summit, and ended 12 days later in New York City for Climate Week.
One of the other comedians who participated in the trip, Eric Rhodes, said in a press release, “Things must be really bad if they are getting comedians to help!”
The New American Road Trip goes live today! You can check out the first episode here.
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