The documentary ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ portrays a U.S. fueled by renewable energy jobs.
Minutes after President Donald Trump vowed to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord in 2017, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto received an alert on his phone. The president had name-checked Pittsburgh as a way to rationalize his decision: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
Peduto took to Twitter to counter the president’s statement, and within a few hours, dozens—then hundreds—of mayors had rallied around him, pledging to uphold the climate agreement even without federal support.
That famous tweet, and the collective action that followed, inspired Paris to Pittsburgh, a National Geographic documentary that premiered late last year.
I enjoyed the film when I watched it in early December—it’s now free to watch online—but after the events of the last few weeks, I realized the documentary’s message is far more powerful now. The film, which was produced by Radical Media in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, shows what the country might look like under the Green New Deal—a plan championed by incoming members of Congress to reduce emissions while rebuilding the U.S. economy.
Climate change films have been debuting at an accelerated rate over the last few years—An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood—so viewers might not flinch at the animated charts of ocean temperatures set against imagery of hurricanes and wildfires.
But by highlighting the severity of the past year’s climate disasters against the industries that have undergone tremendous transformation in the face of that destruction, Paris to Pittsburgh provides a more hopeful outlook.
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