Set against the national debate over the United States' energy future - and the explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement - 'Paris to Pittsburgh' captures what's at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.
Join us during Endangered Species Day for a special screening of this documentary film co-directed by Sidney Beaumont and Mike Bonfiglio. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan, the film explores the national and worldwide effects of climate change and celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions to reduce our carbon footprint. The film is produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Radical Media and presented by National Geographic.
A panel discussion with Paris to Pittsburgh Co-Producer Katie Dunn, Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Director of Climate & Clean Energy Program Kit Kennedy, Wildlife Conservation Society Senior Conservation Ecologist Eric W. Sanderson will follow the screening. Hillary Brown, Director of the M.S. Program in Sustainability in the Urban Environment at The City College of New York, will moderate the panel.
Snacks and refreshments provided. RSVP here.
Producer, RadicalMedia; Co-producer, Paris to Pittsburgh
Katie M. Dunn is a producer/director with almost two decades of combined experience in documentary film production and international development. She has produced documentaries for National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, NBC, ABC and CBS. Katie has also worked at the United Nations as a climate change mitigation specialist covering Latin America where she advised governments on climate change strategy, policy, carbon finance and project development. She has developed low-carbon projects around the world and contributed to the World Bank’s landmark corporate responsibility study, “Race to the Top.” Katie received a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was awarded a writing fellowship, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural anthropology and environmental science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Senior Director, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC)
Kit Kennedy oversees many NRDC projects relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and global-warming solutions. She serves on the board of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and from 2009 to 2013, she was the Timothy B. Atkeson Clinical Visiting Environmental Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where she directed the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where she directed the Environmental Protection Bureau. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. She is based in New York City.
Dr. Eric Sanderson
Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society
Eric W. Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Sanderson received his Ph.D. in ecology (emphasis in ecosystem and landscape ecology) from the University of California, Davis, in 1998, while studying with Dr. Susan Ustin. Starting at WCS in 1998, he established the “Landscape Ecology and Geographic Analysis” program to bring landscape thinking and geographic analysis tools into the conservation practices of the WCS.
In 2002 Dr. Sanderson and colleagues created the Human Footprint map, the first look at human influence globally at less than 1 square mile resolution. He is also an expert on species conservation planning and has contributed to efforts to save lions, tigers, Asian bears, jaguars, tapirs, peccaries, American crocodiles, North American bison and Mongolian gazelle; and landscape planning conservation efforts in Argentina, Tanzania, Mongolia, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Adirondack Park, in the USA. He has edited two scientific volumes and written numerous scientific papers. His work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, CNN, NPR, and The New Yorker. He is also the director of The Mannahatta Project, an effort to reconstruct the original ecology of Manhattan Island at the time of European discovery in the early seventeenth century.
In 2009 he published a book, “Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City,” illustrated by Markley Boyer. From May 20 – October 12, 2009, Dr. Sanderson curated an exhibition based on the Mannahatta Project on display at the Museum of the City of New York. Sanderson also guided creation of this website that allows users to explore Mannahatta in comparison to Manhattan today (see Explore page). For teachers, curriculum materials about Mannahatta are available through our Download page.
Director of M.S. Program in Sustainability in the Urban Environment, Professor
Hillary Brown FAIA is Professor of Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, City University of New York. She is the Program Director of City College's interdisciplinary Master’s program: Sustainability in the Urban Environment, developed with the Grove School of Engineering, Spitzer School of Architecture and CCNY’s Division of Science, and Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.
Her book, Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post Industrial Public Works (Island Press 2014) has been widely acclaimed. A subsequent book, Infrastructural Ecologies: Alternative Development Models for Emerging Economies, (MIT Press, 2017) reflects her research interest in circular models for infrastructure placement in developing nations
Release: Paris to Pittsburgh premiered globally on National Geographic in December 2018. The film aired in 172 countries and 43 languages.
Where to Watch Now: The film is available for free on digital platforms including National Geographic’s website, Nat Geo TV mobile app, Video On Demand, and connected devices (such as Roku and AppleTV).
The film is also available for free if you choose to host a screening in your community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
NRDC letter campaign: Visit NRDC.org to reach out and ask your Mayor to lead the way on climate change.
Funding for Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.