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Biophilia: Pittsburgh February Meeting: Connecting to Climate Through Stories

February 4, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST


The Feb. 4 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Kirsi Jansa, visiting research scholar and video journalist at The Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University, who will introduce the discussion topic, “Connecting to Climate Through Stories.” What if we saw the bigger picture of climate change, and ourselves in the middle of that picture? What if we had a collective vision of a future without fossil fuels? By now we know the magnitude of the challenge climate change presents us, and as a society we are becoming more and more aware of our need for a rapid energy transition, yet people have been slow to move from climate awareness to climate action. In this presentation, Kirsi Jansa, a Pittsburgh-based journalist and a documentary filmmaker, shares her experiences using visual story telling as a way to connect the dots and help people move from climate awareness to climate action.

Kirsi Jansa’s first short documentary series, Gas Rush Stories, explores the various ways that shale gas exploration is changing Pennsylvania. Sustainability Pioneers, her second documentary series, outlines different paths to a sustainable energy future. Kirsi is a native of Finland, where she worked for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, TV2, and several magazines as a freelance reporter and journalist since 1993.



5:30–Networking and refreshments



This meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility’s first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.




February 4, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.
One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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