Past Event

The Great Green Wall by Jared P. Scott - Being in the World Festival

October 20, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery

Documentary followed by a discussion and Q&A with John Furlow, Alex de Sherbinen, and hopefully director Jared P. Scott (TBC), moderated by Shanny Peer 


The effects of climate change on Africa’s Sahel region are devastating: desertification, famine, conflict and migration. Yet some hope lies in the Great Green Wall, an ambitious reforestation project spanning the continent aimed at revitalizing ecosystems and restoring economies. In this story of resilience and self-determination executive produced by Fernando Meirelles, Malian musician/activist Inna Modja journeys from Senegal to Djibouti gathering stories and sharing songs with those on the frontline of the fight to save their land and their ways of life.

Jared P. Scott lives in NYC. He is an Emmy-nominated director, New York Times bestseller and award-winning filmmaker. He has created impact-driven content for the United Nations,, Avaaz, Sierra Club, The People’s Climate Movement, Fridays for Future, Brookings Institution and has collaborated with luminaries such as Noam Chomsky, Greta Thunberg, Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein and Van Jones. 

To watch the trailer please click here 

John Furlow is the Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia. His focus is on connecting complex climate science to decision making to improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries. He is interested in policy reform that reflects the value of climate information in supporting important socio-economic sectors, such as agriculture and public health. Prior to coming to IRI, John designed and led the Climate Change Adaptation Program in USAID’s climate change office.

Alex de Sherbinin is the Deputy Director and a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a spatial data and analysis center within the Columbia Climate School specializing in the human aspects of global environmental change. Dr. de Sherbinin is a geographer whose research interests focus on the human aspects of global environmental change and geospatial data applications, integration, and dissemination. He has led projects funded by NASA, UNDP, UNEP, the US Agency for Development, and The World Bank.

Shanny Peer is the Director of the Columbia Maison Française and holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from NYU. She is a co-curator of the Being in the World film festival.

 This screening is part of Being in the World: People and the Planet in French and Francophone Cinema, a film festival curated and presented by Columbia Maison Française, with additional support provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Columbia Climate School, Knapp Family Foundation, Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund, Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Alliance Program, and European Institute.

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