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YouTube Originals unveils more details on sustainability programming slate

YouTube Originals has announced the full schedule for its October sustainability slate that launches on Saturday, Oct. 23 with Dear Earth, followed by series and specials featuring former president Barack ...
October 18, 2021

YouTube Originals has announced the full schedule for its October sustainability slate that launches on Saturday, Oct. 23 with Dear Earth, followed by series and specials featuring former president Barack Obama, the Muppets and more.

The YouTube programming slate seeks to address sustainability challenges faced by the world while offering solutions that can inspire change, and features a number of non-fiction and unscripted projects.

The week of sustainability premieres starts on Oct. 23 with Dear Earth, a 100-minute special featuring an opening address from Kermit the Frog, keynote addresses from leaders like Barack Obama, and a keynote address and performance by K-pop supergroup BLACKPINK, all to bring attention to the realities of climate change. Climate Games (pictured), a two-episode series that follows YouTube creators and elite athletes as they tackle challenges designed to deliver a key climate message, will also debut on Oct. 23.

Premiering on Oct. 25 is Seat at the Table, an 11-part series about YouTube creator and climate activist Jack Harries as he embarks on a 100-day trip across the UK to uncover the often overlooked voices of young people whose lives are most affected by the climate crisis, both in the UK and around the world. Featured in the series are Sir David Attenborough and Dr. Jane Goodall, alongside YouTube creators Jamal Edwards and Rachel Ama.

On Oct. 26, Shut It Off ASAP will debut, featuring two “city boys,” YouTubers Mitch and Greg, who head to a remote farm in Canada where they go without access to their basic needs in order to find sustainable alternatives. Over six episodes, they’ll turn off access to things like food, power, water and cooling while incorporating alternatives.

Brave Mission: Rewild the Planet premieres on Oct. 27, coming from YouTube’s Brave Wilderness and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Madica Productions in partnership with Re:wild. The global expedition series is led by Mark Vins of Brave Wilderness and features hands-on experiences with the planet’s most breathtaking endangered species, and the local guardians who fight to save them and the ecosystems they call home.

YouTube’s investment in sustainability programming is part of what Google’ calls its commitment to climate action. YouTube Originals’ sustainability slate will also support non-profit partners Count Us In (through Leaders’ Quest Foundation USA), which has the goal of inspiring one billion citizens to significantly reduce their carbon pollution, as well as Re:wild, which works to protect and restore the diversity of life on Earth through innovative collaborations.

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