Film still courtesy of “YERT” press kit.

“YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” is an award-winning film that follows three local, Pittsburgh filmmakers — Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans — who upended their lives, pooled their collective life-savings, and set off on a 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: “ARE WE DOOMED?” The result is thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious (call it an “Environmental Docu-Comedy”) as they explore the good, the bad, and the weird of the Americans who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises.

Councilman Bill Peduto blogged about this work two years ago, when the film was still only a working cut:

“The journey started and ended in Pittsburgh and I had the opportunity to be a part of it. Ever try cutting down your garbage to 1/100th of its normal size? On the road? With a pregnant woman? Come on by to find out how the YERT team did just that and more.”

St. Andrew Lutheran Church will be hosting the screening which is open to the public on the evening of Wednesday, November 7th. The day after the country decides who will be the next president (in a race where global climate change never came up in any debate) and a week after we’ve seen the utter devastation that Hurricane Sandy visited upon the East Coast of this country, it’s more than fitting that we stop and consider perhaps the biggest problem facing not only our country, but our entire planet.

You can learn much more about the film by visiting http://www.yert.com/. According to St. Andrew, one of the filmmakers will be on site for a Q&A session. For more information on the screening, please contact Lindsay_baxter@hotmail.com  or call 412.682.3342.

“YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip”
When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 304 Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Shadyside)
Cost: Open to the Public; Free will donation to off-set the screening fee.

 

Poster courtesy of “YERT” press kit.