Climate Books & Films
Working with key partners to spread awareness of the impacts of climate change, Mike Bloomberg published a book on tackling climate change, and Bloomberg Philanthropies helped to create two documentaries to raise awareness around environmental issues.
From the Ashes is a 2017 documentary feature film that explores coal and the mining industry. Produced by the Academy Award- and Emmy-winning production company RadicalMedia, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio, produced by Sidney Beaumont, and executive produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger – as well as Jon Kamen, Katherine Oliver, and Justin Wilkes, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies – From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry.
Transcending the rhetoric of the “war on coal,” From the Ashes presents compelling, often moving stories about what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a limited theatrical release, and aired globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages later that year.
“From the Ashes” Trailer
In 2017, Mike and Carl Pope, former executive director of the Sierra Club, co-wrote the New York Times bestselling book Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet. In Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their experiences, and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced. Along the way, they turn the common line of thinking about climate change on its head: from top down to bottom up, from partisan to pragmatic, from costs to benefits, from tomorrow to today, and from fear to hope.
In 2018, Bloomberg Philanthropies collaborated with National Geographic Documentary Films and RadicalMedia to create the documentary Paris to Pittsburgh.
From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions to the climate crisis. The film highlights the growing momentum from cities, states, businesses and citizens to address climate change. It brings to life the efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards – including business innovators, workers and concerned citizens. Some of the nation’s forward-looking mayors and governors, environmental advocates, tech and energy visionaries, and climate change scientists and student activists are also part of the story.
“Paris to Pittsburgh” Trailer
Top photo: A scene of the solar farm at Farmers Electric Cooperative in Kalona, Iowa from the film “Paris to Pittsburgh.”