This coming Sunday, May 4, Showtime will air the fourth episode in its Years of Living Dangerously climate series, which includes me and features the Beyond Coal Campaign. As the airing of the "Preacher's Daughter" episode approaches, I keep thinking back on a particular, beautiful Blue Ridge summer day that I’ll never forget.
As the Showtime cameras rolled, I shared the stage with actor Ian Somerhalder, activist Anna Jane Joyner, and leaders from Asheville, North Carolina, at a rally calling on Duke Energy to retire the nearby coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean energy. All three of us are included the "Preacher’s Daughter" episode, and to get more of the scoop from behind the scenes, I hope you'll join me and Anna Jane for a live Twitter Q&A on Friday, May 2 at 3:00pm Eastern Time using the hashtag #YearsProject.
Back to that sunny day in Asheville. Hundreds of community members and happy Somerholics cheered on our speeches as we made it clear that Asheville was eager to retire the coal plant, which is the region's largest source of carbon pollution, and join the growing ranks of communities being powered by clean energy.
Ian, star of the TV show The Vampire Diaries, was the final speaker. When he walked onto the stage, shrieks and a dense thicket of iPhone cameras shot up from the crowd. He was supposed to interview me on the site of the rally after his speech, but his fans were so excited to meet him - understandably - that we clearly needed a plan B. So after he visited with his admirers, we jumped in our cars and instead held the interview in the shadow of the coal plant itself. Here's a sneak peak video clip of my interview with Ian, hot off the presses.