Death of the Central Valley

With Don Cheadle

Why this story needs to be told

In my mind climate change is the most important issue that we all have to face. It’s one that no one can get away from.

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Don Cheadle returns to YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY

Watch Don Cheadle on YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY season 2 on National Geographic Channel.

Don Cheadle returns to YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY

Watch Don Cheadle on YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY season 2 on National Geographic Channel.

Introduction

Actor Don Cheadle is on the ground in California, where the worst drought in 1,200 years is devastating the nation’s most populous state and the world’s seventh-largest economy. He investigates how California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is fighting the drought while also fighting climate change. Along the way, Cheadle meets a scientist who warns of a global water crisis, as well as a family of farmers whose lives may never be the same as they struggle to find water in the parched Central Valley.

Next U.S. Air Date: Wednesday, November 16 at 11/10c

More:
What to Learn From the California Drought? By Michelle Nijhuis

How will climate change affect agriculture and our ability to feed the world’s population?  Ask Joe

Meet The Characters

Adam Toledo California Farmer
Gricelda Toledo California Farmer
Felicia Marcus  Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
Tom Barcellos California Farmer
Jay Famiglietti  Senior Water Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jerry Brown  Governor of California