Carnegie Museum of Natural History invites nature lovers of all ages to an online Earth Week celebration featuring a short film festival in collaboration with Film Pittsburgh, the return of the City Nature Challenge, and a special episode of their environmentally focused podcast, A Is for Anthropocene: Living in the Age of Humanity. The Earth Week festivities kick off April 21 and last for the rest of the month.
Earth Day Film Festival
In collaboration with Film Pittsburgh, the museum is hosting a free online Earth Day Film Festival from April 21-30. The festival includes four short films from Studio Birthplace, a creative studio focused on environmentally and socially conscious content. The following films will be available at carnegiemnh.org/explore/earth-day-film-festival.
Sleepless/Repeat Until Death
A Mongolian miner takes his sick daughter away from the heavily polluted city to see the shaman. Upon finding a new home with the reindeer herders in the forest, he learns that this world too, is changing. Directed and written by Jorik Dozy and Sil van der Woerd.
Birthplace tells the symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean trash. Directed and Written by Sil van der Woerd and Jorik Dozy.
Featuring Novo Amor and Ed Tullett. Lifted from “Heiress.” Directed by Jorik Dozy and Sil van der Woerd.
A group of children find themselves awake in the middle of the night in a world that is slowly falling apart. Epoch serves as a statement on the current state of our world and how we will leave it for our children. Directed by Sil van der Woerd and Jorik Dozy.
City Nature Challenge
The City Nature Challenge encourages everyone to get outside, while practicing social distancing, and embrace the healing power of nature. Using the free iNaturalist app, participants work together with others around the world to document biodiversity. The first part of the challenge runs from April 24–27, and participants document as many different species of plants and animals as they can in iNaturalist. From April 28–May 3, the online community works together to identify species photographed and uploaded to iNaturalist from the 24th – 27th. For more details, visit the 2020 Pittsburgh City Nature Challenge project at iNaturalist.
“E is for Earth Day” Special Podcast Episode
Carnegie Museum of Natural History continues the second season of its award-winning podcast A is for Anthropocene: Living in the Age of Humanity with a special Earth Day episode on April 22. The podcast intersects perspectives in science, art, and philosophy to examine what it means to live in the Anthropocene, the proposed name of the current era when human activity has profoundly impacted the planet. In a special Earth Day episode called “E is For Earth Day,” hosts Sloan MacRae and Steve Tonsor interview Grant Ervin, Pittsburgh Chief Resilience Officer, and Nicole Heller, the museum’s Curator of Anthropocene Studies. Listen to the Earth Day Special at anthropoceneliving.org or via all major podcast players.