Most of us believe that it’s time to work together to address the urgent need to reduce waste and emissions, but how many of us are actually walking the walk instead of talking the talk? Sure, many of us will do our part throughout our lives to be the best environmental stewards as we can be as individuals. Reducing the impacts of climate change takes a collection of individual, industries and communities to rise to the challenge. Right now, many global industries are beginning to answer the call, and the film and production industry could be the one to step up and lead the way.
A New York film festival decided to celebrate Climate Day on October 22 with a series of panels on climate change awareness and innovative ideas to confront the challenge. The Chelsea Film Festival hosted the event on the FIT campus in midtown Manhattan, featuring a panel on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of film and TV production.
PGA Green Committee Co-Chair Katie Carpenter was one of the panelists, and reported to the group about the growth of the Green Production Guide, and the expanded use of its Green Vendor Directory, Green Guidelines and the Carbon Calculator customized for film. Panelist Ken Ebie from the New York City Mayors Office of Motion Picture Entertainment reinforced the idea that these guidelines are spreading through the film community, and New York is encouraging all productions to use them.
Al Gore spearheads a movement towards the truth on climate crisis. With recent release of Truth in 10 and upcoming release of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Gore gets down to the cold, hard facts of climate change and what we can do to put up a fight.
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Green Vendor and entertainment industry production payroll specialist Indiepay has re-branded itself as GreenSlate! With the unveiling of enhanced payroll and accounting software, GreenSlate is on its way to streamlining the business of production.