(Pictured from left to right: Producer Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, Deputy Director and General Counsel CEQ Gary Guzy, Photographer James Balog, Executive Producers Linda and David Cornfield, Earth Vision Trust Executive Director Jane Saltzman, Associate Director CEQ Rohan Patel, Director Jeff Orlowski, and Counsel of White House CEQ Kevin Samy.)
On Earth Day, April 22, 2013, we humbly screened Chasing Ice at The White House. This was not only an incredible honor for the Chasing Ice team but also a rare opportunity to share the realities of climate change with some of America’s key policymakers.
(Photo above: Director Jeff Orlowski with Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.)
(Photo: White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough addressing the audience.)
We were also privileged to have the White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough join us to share a few words: “President Obama always talks about [climate change] in relation to his girls’ future. As with anything, I think we all who are parents can understand, there is nothing that is more motivating than thinking about the kind of place where your kids are going to grow up. Let me just underscore what the President said to include in the State of the Union, ‘that this is something that we have to act on.’ He has challenged Congress to do that, then if Congress doesn’t, then he’s obviously leaned on his cabinet in the ways that he talked about in his speech. But, it’s because of the work that Jeff [Orlowski] has done to highlight for us the nature of this challenge, that he feels as strongly about it as he does. I thank you all for doing what you do as a matter of course every day. I think it’s a great source of inspiration for us. Welcome to the White House and thank you on behalf of my own kids and on behalf of all of us here who are working on this.”
(Pictured above: Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, speaks about the film and climate change.)
Also present was Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Nancy Sutley the Chair of The Council on Environmental Quality, Gary S. Guzy the Deputy Director of the Office of Environmental Quality as well as many environmental NGOs and White House Staff. The screening took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at The White House.