Deerfield and Sunderland Energy Committees to show film during Climate Preparedness Week

Staff Writer
Published: 9/26/2019 9:32:56 AM

One way to combat climate change is through education. To that end, beginning tomorrow at 6 p.m., the Deerfield and Sunderland Energy Committees have teamed up to present a film, “Paris to Pittsburgh,” at the Sunderland Library on School Street.

The program, held during “Climate Preparedness Week,” which is put on each year by Communities Responding to Extreme Weather, an advocacy group, is intended to help prepare the community for coming changes. As a part of the initiative, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has teamed up with the advocacy organization to sponsor educational programs in libraries across the state, including the film screening. It is one of several events taking place in the region during the week. (Other events can be viewed on CREW’s website,

 “‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ gives an overview of the impacts of climate change, but most importantly, the editors take us to communities that are aggressively tackling carbon pollution. Despite the stance of the current U.S. federal government, many regions are taking steps to green their cities in brave, bold ways,” said Laurie Boosahda, of the Deerfield Energy Committee, in a statement.

According to the website for the film, which is directed by National Geographic filmmaker Sidney Beaumont and documentarian Michael Bonfiglio, “‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future — and the Trump administration’s explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement — the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.”

Throughout, the film spotlights cities, states and businesses that are taking action against climate change.

Following, there will be followed by a brief panel discussion led by Frank Keimig, former manager of the UMass Climate System Research Center, Jennifer Unkles, Financial Manager of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and member of Sunderland’s Conservation Commission, and David Gilbert Keith, independent researcher and Chair of Deerfield’s Energy Committee.

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