CEF @ AU Presents NPS Student Video Showcase, Climate Champ Rollie Williams and “Climate Town”, Wynton Marsalis and “Concert For Planet Earth”

by | Oct 29, 2021 | Podcasts, The Climate Daily

The Center for Enivironmental Filmmaking @ AU Presents the National Park Service Student Video Showcase, plus Climate Champ Rollie Williams’ presents “Climate Town”, and Wynton Marsalis presents “Concert For Planet Earth.”




Hey folks, next week you’re going to hear and see a lot of stories about COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. One thing you won’t see or hear a lot about on The Climate Daily is COP26. Here’s why: We’re all about sharing stories of people and organizations taking ACTION to combat climate change. So far, all the previous COPS, 1-25 have just been about people, organizations and governments TALKING about combating climate change.

Is the staff of The Climate Daily going to follow what’s happening in Glasgow? Absolutely. And if heaven forefend, some tangible, actual bonafide action does take place, we’ll let you know. Otherwise we’ll let mainstream media handle–as Greta Thunberg likes to call it– all the “blah, blah, blah.”



The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the ‘Earth Summit’, was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 3-14 1992. At that time, it was billed as “a new blueprint for international action on the environment.”

The global conference was held on the 20th anniversary of the first Human Environment Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972.

The Rio de Janeiro conference highlighted how different social, economic and environmental factors are interdependent and evolve together, and how success in one sector requires action in other sectors to be sustained over time. 26 years later, sounds eerily familiar and also agonizingly frustrating.

But we’re focusing on a positive aspect. We’re reporting on this because the trumpet maestro Wynton Marsalis recorded a concert album then in honor of Rio ’92.

Recorded live, the Rio de Janeiro concert was designed to celebrate the positive aspect of human nature, represented by varied types of music and artists from many nationalities. The Wynton Marsalis Septet makes its contribution with performances of three of Marsalis’ compositions.

The Rio ‘Earth Summit’ concluded that the concept of sustainable development was an attainable goal for all the people of the world, regardless of whether they were at the local, national, regional or international level. It also recognized that integrating and balancing economic, social and environmental concerns in meeting our needs is vital for sustaining human life on the planet and that such an integrated approach is possible.

Music to my ears….

DEEPER DIVE: UN RIO ‘92, Concert for Planet Earth, Spotify



CEF Presents: The National Park Service Student Video Showcase, Friday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Event Description: 

The Center For Environmental Filmmaking presents a showcase of outstanding videos created with different divisions of the National Park Service including the Office of Science Access and Engagement, the Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance, and Harpers Ferry Center for Interpretive Design. Thanks to paid fellowships provided by NPS, students have the opportunity to work in the field with scientists, park managers, NPS communicators, and others.

From Tlingit cultural practices with Glacier Bay National Park, to wildlife and conservation stories in the greater D.C. area, to historically significant scientific research in location, to landscape-scale Biosphere regions, these videos reveal the extraordinary values and resources of the National Park System.

For more information and to register for the event TONIGHT, 6P Eastern US Time, click on the link in the Deeper Dive Section of this episode at theclimate.org/episodes.




Rollie Williams has a Master’s in Climate Science and Policy from Columbia University. He’s taken that and his days as improv comedy Captain, head sketch comedy writer and Ultimate Frisbee captain at the university of Puget Sound and has become the creator and host of Climate Town—a YouTube series supported by the Climate Control Project.

According to Williams, “Climate Town’s whole deal is we’re making comedy videos about the climate crisis. It’s a really complicated issue and a lot of people don’t feel comfortable cracking into it with friends, co-workers, family, whatever. Climate change can also get kind of boring sometimes if you’re not careful. I think if people like you and me talked about the climate crisis 10x more than we do now, we’d have a shot of solving this thing. I hope these videos will help that…”

Rollie Williams and a SO-CALLED ragtag team of climate communicators, creatives and comedians are driven to examine climate change in a way that doesn’t make you want to eat a cyanide pill. Get informed about the climate crisis before the weather does it for you.

So far, Climate Town has a dozen humorous, thought-provoking episodes.