It was an accidental viewing but it shouldn’t have been. Something this important should have been hammered home for months to ensure a huge viewing audience. Last night at 9:00pm “From Paris to Pittsburgh” aired on The National Geographic Channel and as I channel surfed I was fortunate enough to catch it.
There is a movement afoot and it’s growing. It all started or perhaps gained momentum with President Trump declaring, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris” as he announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
Pittsburgh’s Mayor, Bill Peduto responded with a tweet stating “As the Mayor of Pittsburgh I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.” From there, a movement was born for some and for others, they’ve doubled down on their efforts to reduce carbon footprints for themselves and their communities.
In a nation that is increasingly divided, the documentary was surprisingly bipartisan. It turns out that there are elected officials and regular folks on both sides of the aisle who are actually in agreement that there is a serious issue facing us all. Rather than waiting for the federal government to act, and in doing so possibly further condemning the country to the unsustainable path we seem to be on, people across the country are taking action toward clean, sustainable energy initiatives and reducing their carbon footprint.
This is a must watch documentary. It’s not for Democrats or Republicans; it’s for everyone who is concerned about the environment in which we live; those who want clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and who want to educate themselves and possibly help to reverse the effects of global climate change on increasingly unpredictable weather. Question climate change all you want but take a look at what’s happening in Miami; it’s well documented and the film does an excellent job of showing the reality of what’s happening today while experts make predictions regarding what the future looks like. It’s not pretty today and it’s most likely going to get worse and cost billions.
Missed it last night? “From Paris to Pittsburgh” is readily available to watch at no charge.
Starting on December 13, the film will be available for free on digital platforms on National Geographic’s website (http://NatGeoTV.com), mobile app (Nat Geo TV App), Video On Demand and connected devices (such as Roku, AppleTV). Also starting December 13, the film will be available for one week on National Geographic’s YouTube channel.
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