PHILADELPHIA ― Climate change will get a star-studded, prime-time spot at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday with a short film from James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm.
The five-and-half-minute film includes a number of celebrities ― Jack Black, America Ferrera and Don Cheadle ― as well as the voice of Hillary Clinton and footage of former President George H.W. Bush and the pope.
Drawn from Cameron’s Showtime television series “Years of Living Dangerously,” the film starts with a dark outlook on the current challenges of climate change: droughts, severe storms, floods, wild fires and record heat waves.
“Crops are failing, food prices are rising, communities are threatened,” says the narrator, actress Sigourney Weaver. “Our children are at risk.”
It also targets Donald Trump’s position on climate change ― that it’s a hoax created by the Chinese ― as “reckless” and “dangerous.” It juxtaposes that with Clinton’s argument that climate change is a threat worth confronting head-on.
“I’m not going to stand by and let anyone take us backward, deny our clean energy future, or hand our children a dangerous world destabilized by climate change,” Clinton says in a voiceover.
“Together we can do this,” she continues. “For our future, for our children.”