For Al Roker, tackling climate change is just another day in his neck of the woods. The 65-year-old Today weather anchor and third hour co-host is leading the charge with NBC’s new Climate Unit, dedicated programing that doesn’t just catalog climate change issues—rising global temps, thawing Alaskan permafrost, changing soil and growing conditions for farmers—but offers solutions. “Look at the communities putting in natural marshes and wetlands to stem the sea level rise. Look at the towns banning single-use plastics. Everybody’s pitching in.”
The network’s year-round climate coverage utilizes resources, reporters and correspondents to spotlight the world’s environmental changes both at the global and local levels. And on Earth Day, April 22, they’ll feature segments on climate issues in addition to ongoing coronavirus coverage (this interview was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic).
“[Climate change] is an issue that affects everybody. It’s not a political issue. It’s not a racial issue. It’s not a gender issue. It’s an everybody issue,” Roker says.