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Climate Action Week Preview: Film Premiere of Disruption

Climate Action Week Preview: Film Premiere of Disruption

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

Climate Action Week at The New School kicks off with the premiere of the climate change documentary Disruption. In addition to the premiere screening in Tishman Auditorium, the film will be viewed simultaneously across the country through a choreographed nationwide watch-party release supported by a coalition of more than 600 advocacy groups. 

The documentary Disruption unpacks the question 'why have we done so little, when we know so much?'  by weaving together commentary and insight from some of the most renowned voices on climate change today including James Hansen, Naomi Oreskes, Senator Barbara Boxer, Bill McKibben, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Naomi Klein, Elizabeth Kolbert, Rajendra Pachauri, Justin Gillis, Michael Mann, among others.

The film takes an unflinching look at our unique moment in history - of tipping points and thresholds - as the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change and the last generation that can do anything about it. Taking the message of meaningful action beyond the climate choir, Disruption expands the understanding of climate change to encompass a broad range of social justice issues including equality, resource scarcity, independence and autonomy.

Ultimately, Disruption forces us to confront the greatest challenge of our time - whether we will be able to collectively learn from our past to save our future.

Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design, will give opening remarks. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including:

 - Keya Chatterjee, director, Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach – World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 - Eddie Bautista, executive director - New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

 - Ricken Patel, executive director -

 - Jean Gardner, associate professor of Social-Ecological History and Design, The School for Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design

 - Charles Allison, associate professor of Practice in Finance, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School; chair, Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfers at The School of Undergraduate Studies; and faculty director, The Community Development Finance Lab at The New School

The New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the March, The New School’s Climate Action Week includes a diverse set of programming directed towards the university and wider community for enriched learning and engagement opportunities, scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action, and highlighting New School’s values around climate justice and action. 

This event is co-sponsored by the New School for Public Engagement, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policythe Tishman Environment and Design Center, and the Sustainable Cities Club.

This event is free to attend but registration is required by clicking on the top right registrer button.

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