Tom Brokaw is giving Al Gore some company in the effort to raise awareness of global warming. The former NBC anchorman is host of “Global Warming: What You Need to Know,” which doubles as an explainer and call to action for average Americans. It premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.
Brokaw said he has seen and was impressed by “An Inconvenient Truth,” Gore’s documentary on the subject.
“It’s the same science that we are drawing upon and it’s irrefutable,” he said. “I thought there was too much of Gore, but that’s not my call. I thought it was very effectively done. To give credit to him, he’s been on this issue for a long period of time.”
Discovery, which has a partnership with NBC News, asked Brokaw last year if there were any projects he would like to work on. He said he was interested in the environment, and Discovery mentioned its global-warming project, which it was making in partnership with the BBC.
Brokaw’s wife, Meredith, is vice president of the environmental organization Conservation International. They’ve traveled to some of the places featured in the Discovery documentary, like Patagonia and Mongolia, and have seen firsthand the effects of global warming.
He’s tried to alter some habits to save fossil fuels: changing light fixtures in his homes, for example. He owns a hybrid car, and so do both of his daughters.
“It’s not affecting our lifestyle at all, not one whit,” he said.
On the Discovery documentary, producers travel great distances to make the case that man has contributed to a rapid warming of the planet’s atmosphere that has already had noticeable effects and will potentially have much more.
A scientist in the Arctic explains how the increased melting of summertime sea ice is slowly starving the polar bear population. Rising sea water seeping through the ground threatens to eventually swallow entirely the South Pacific island of Tuvalu. Drought threatens the giant Amazon rain forest. Explorers bring cameras beneath ice sheets in Patagonia to show the melting.