Carnegie Museum of Natural History is partnering with National Geographic and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to spark a conversation about climate change with an event on October 28.
The museum will host a free screening of National Geographic’s blockbuster documentary Before the Flood and host a panel featuring the film’s director and representatives from National Geographic and The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Before the Flood, the climate change feature documentary produced and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens alongside producer, Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, premiered last October on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages as well as commercial-free on streaming and digital services, reaching over 60 million people worldwide and surpassing a record-setting 1 billion minutes viewed.
Museum directors from around the world are expected to attend the screening as part of the 2017 International Council of Museums NATHIST (ICOM NATHIST) Conference, which will be hosted by Carnegie Museum of Natural History October 25–29.
Dr. Eric Dorfman, the Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, said:
The key theme of the conference is how natural history museums can tell the story of humanity altering the environment, so we are thrilled to team up with National Geographic and The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh believes that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and that it is museums’ role to facilitate important conversations through exhibitions and programming.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s screening on October 28 will be open to the public and will be preceded by the panel discussion with the filmmakers at 4 p.m.
Before the Flood’s award-winning director Fisher Stevens and National Geographic’s Vice President of Public Experiences Kathryn Keane will be at the museum for the panel discussion where they will join Dr. Dorfman and Dr. Stephen Tonsor, the director of science at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Fisher Stevens said:
I hope people will come away from seeing Before the Flood with a better understanding of how urgently a sustained, global response to climate change is needed. This is one of the most important issues facing mankind.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is addressing the issue of climate change and humanity’s impact on nature through various programs and exhibitions about the Anthropocene—the proposed current geological and cultural time period sometimes called the “age of humanity.”
The screening will coincide with the opening of We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene, a new exhibition about the delicate interconnectedness of humanity and the planet. Created in-house by Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the exhibition invites visitors to break down global issues like climate change and pollution into individual actions and hope to define humans’ place in a changing world.
ICOM NATHIST’s 2017 conference, entitled Natural History Museums in the Age of Humanity, is also addressing the Anthropocene with a group of scholars and museum professionals that make up the international museum organization.
Before the Flood is presented by National Geographic.