Late Night Hosts Join Climate Week
As heads of state, business leaders and civil society organizers gather for Climate Week in New York City, late-night TV hosts have their own ideas for moving climate action forward. . Some of television’s top late-night hosts, including Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, will dedicate their shows to discussing climate change on Wednesday, September 22.
The shows participating in the inter-network Climate Night are: “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden” on CBS, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on NBC, “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” on TBS, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC and “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” on Comedy Central, reports The New York Times.
Each will plan their own original programming focused on climate change and seek to bring some humor to the conversation while raising awareness.
Late night hosts add a bit of humor to Climate Week while raising awareness of the action
While scientists agree that we still have time to avoid the worst impacts if we act quickly, conversations about the climate crisis often turn into a long list of reasons the world is coming to an end.
Understandably, misfortune is taking its toll: People around the world are increasingly worried about the impacts climate change will have on their own lives, and psychologists are already signaling a link between concerns about climate change and health issues. mental, especially among young people. .
Those looking for a certain lightness in the Climate Week news cycle may find this push from late-night hosts to be exactly what the doctor ordered.
The event is an brainchild of Steve Bodow, a former showrunner of “The Daily Show” and Netflix’s “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj”. Bodow told the New York Times that the event was organized to coincide with Climate Week and bring attention to the topic by having late-night shows from all networks simultaneously focus on the topic. .
“Climate change, obviously, is something we all face,” he told The Times. “We all talk about it. We all need to talk about it. What if these shows all talked about it at the same time? It shows that they are all ready to do it.
While the impacts of climate change are certainly not a laughing matter, the concept was developed intentionally to bring much-needed levity to serious conversation while also sharing information that some viewers did not previously have. “Comedy is a great system for delivering real information,” “Full Frontal” comedian Samantha Bee told The Times.
The bottom line: Raising awareness of climate change is always a good thing
Despite the urgency of the climate crisis, it is notoriously under-covered by mainstream media. According to the nonprofit media watchdog Media Matters for America, the nightly news and Sunday shows covered climate change for 112 minutes in total, while the morning news programs have broadcast a total of 267 minutes of weather coverage last year.
From this perspective, this late-night host-hosted event – which is about 280 minutes of climate programming in a single night – is actually a big deal. And given the influence these stars have on American life, their decision to come together to start the conversation around climate action has the potential to have a disproportionate impact.
“Late-night hosts reflect our national conversation even more than Russian Twitter bots define,” Bodow told CNN. “So this amazing bunch of shows coming together make a statement about the scale and urgency of the world’s hottest problem.”
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