Climate Change: Events

panel at racing extinction screening

Moderator Lyn Davis Lear (left), director Louis Psihoyos, co-producer Gina Papabeis and Dr. Margaret Leinen discuss Racing Extinction following screening. Photo by Howard Pasamanick

Hollywood, Health & Society presents topical movies and documentaries that are provocative and compelling—from global warming and its impact on U.S. national security to Earth’s rapidly vanishing glaciers. The screenings, held in locations such as the Directors Guild Theater, the Writers Guild Theater and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater, are followed by panels and informative Q&As with the filmmakers. 


Exclusive screenings of films with climate change themes provide inspiration with insightful Q&A sessions with writers, producers and experts. Recently we explored species extinction with Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos for a sneak peek at Racing Extinction before it hit theaters and Discovery channels in 240 countries around the world on Dec. 2, 2015. 


For the past several years, Hollywood, Health & Society has honored television shows for their coverage and storylines dealing with climate change. Among the winners and finalists have been the following:


  • What's So Funny About Climate Change?—What do you get when you mix TV legend Norman Lear with climate change experts and some of the funniest comedy writers around, and put them all in front of a packed house? Our panel at the Writers Guild of America, East explored why comedy shows do a much better job of covering the issue. Watch highlights


  • United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals—HH&S is rising to meet the challenge put forth by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as part of the world organization’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. To do that, HH&S plans to draw on our many partnerships with the entertainment industry, and leverage our position within a world-class university and our ties with the science and health communities to raise the profile of the SDGs in L.A. and jump-start their implementation. In August 2016, HH&S held a special lunch with the Secretary-General at the home of Lyn and Norman Lear to discuss how the entertainment industry can help support the SDGs. Read more
  • Angry Birds Champions for Earth Tournament—Hollywood, Health & Society provided climate-related facts and helped line up celebrity spokespeople for the Angry Birds Champions for Earth tournament. Danny DeVito, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle were among the actors who had Angry Birds avatars created in their likeness.
  • Watch: "2036"—HH&S interviewed students ages 7-12 at schools and other venues about global warming, capturing their often funny and insightful thoughts on hopes for the planet's future.
  • Cli-Fi—Our Tumblr site offers an occasionally updated sample of climate change depicted in fiction, film and art.

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