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2016 Sentinel Awards

"Madam Secretary," "black-ish" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" were among the winners at the 17th annual Sentinel Awards ceremony, a glittering evening that celebrated exemplary TV storylines covering health and climate change topics and featured a special appearance by Norman Lear.

The Plastic Pollution Crisis

Around 380 million metric tons of plastic is being produced annually, and most of it does not get recycled. Over half of that plastic is intended to be used once and thrown away, but virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some form—affecting human health (including reproductive health), and raising issues of environmental justice.

The Big Drought

The Western part of the United States is in the midst of its worst drought in 1,200 years, and science indicates that things are only going to get worse. The outlook is not good, but there are ways for entertainment to show audiences what a world that prioritizes water conservation can look like.

Climate Emergency

For more than 20 years Hollywood, Health & Society has provided the movie and TV entertainment industry with access to top experts for storylines on health, safety and security—reaching millions of people worldwide. That effort extends into environmental health and the impact of climate change, in past partnerships with organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, Climateworks Foundation, Grantham Foundation, and The Aileen Getty Foundation.

What You Can Do

There are lots of positive ways to contribute to a cleaner, greener world. Every step, no matter what size, makes a difference. It all adds up, and the more who participate the closer we get to a critical mass.

Racing Extinction

The message to take away from "Racing Extinction," the new film from Oscar-winning director Louis Psihoyos ("The Cove"), is this: If climate change goes unchecked, humanity won’t go out with a bang but more likely with a whimper.

Climate Emergency Resources

Hollywood, Health & Society assists with research, providing a range of information from experts for storylines on topics that include rising oceans caused by melting glaciers, the increase of extreme weather, and the spread of infectious diseases. Below are links to the latest materials and reports on climate change, and HHS' work on the topic. Visit our Climate Emergency page for more information.