Earth Day Screening of “Paris to Pittsburgh” National Geographic film at Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel

Written by Theresa Rose on April 17, 2019



Mount Pleasant, Iowa: April 17, 2019 – Iowa Wesleyan University is pleased to announce the screening of the National Geographic film, Paris to Pittsburgh, to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. The film will be shown at the University Chapel at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.


The film is sponsored by students participating in classes with Dr. Joy Lapp, Associate Professor of Religion and the Manning Chair in Christian Religion, and Dr. Cyndi Walljasper, Psychology Professor and Assistant Dean of Wesleyan Studies at Iowa Wesleyan University.  These students have been learning about environmental sustainability in their classes on ethics and global learning, and are showing the film as a service learning project that also involves promoting paper and plastic bottle recycling on IW’s campus.


Paris to Pittsburgh explores one of the most pressing topics of our time – climate change – and the leaders across the U.S. who are stepping up to deliver meaningful solutions and safeguard our health and our environment. Their stories are highlighted in this documentary film. 


Paris to Pittsburgh tells the stories of mayors, governors, urban planners, and everyday citizens that pioneer climate solutions. It highlights the work of Iowans, including Warren McKenna, general manager of Farmers Electric Cooperative in Kalona, who is helping local farmers and businesses to increase use of solar energy, thereby reducing the effect of food production on climate change. In addition, Iowa leads the nation in percentage of electricity generated by wind, with 37% of our energy coming from renewable sources. Following the screening, McKenna will lead a discussion about what we can do locally to increase reliance on renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions, and decrease waste.


Please attend a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies — narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). This film is co-sponsored by Area Recyclers of Burlington, Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Club, Farmers Electric Cooperative-Kalona, Geode Energy, Leopold Landscape Alliance, Mogo Organic Farm, Radiance Organic Dairy, and Sierra Club of Southeast Iowa.


To learn more about innovative ways you can be a part of caring for the earth, please join us on April 22, 2019, at 7:00 pm in University Chapel.