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New Climate Narratives - In a World of Racial Injustice and a Global Pandemic - 7/09
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When: Thursday, July 9th
11:00 a.m. PDT | 2:00 p.m. EDT
Where: United States

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The Writers Guild of America, East

The Good Energy Project

The Center for Cultural Power

 The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

& Sierra Club invite you to...

New Climate Narratives:
In a World of Racial Injustice and a Global Pandemic

Part of PGA Green Production Guide's Sustainable Environment Education Series  

Thursday, July 9th (new, rescheduled date)
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PDT | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

PGA Green Production Guide kicks off its Sustainable Environment Education Series (SEEDS) on July 9th. The first session, a roundtable on climate storytelling in a world of racial injustice and a global pandemic, is in partnership with the Writers Guild of America East, The Good Energy Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Cultural Power, and Sierra Club.


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Roundtable Participants:

Jihan Crowther, Writer (Underground Railroad)

Jihan Crowther is a TV writer for the Amazon series, The Man in the High Castle, as well as the forthcoming Barry Jenkins TV adaptation of The Underground Railroad. She’s currently developing her own drama-comedy with Big Beach TV. Jihan is also a playwright and essayist. Her plays have been read, produced and developed around the world including: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New Georges, and New York Theatre Workshop in New York; the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival in Scotland; Theatre 503, The Oval Theatre, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in London; Actors’ Gang, and Moving Arts MADlab Play Lab in Los Angeles and Eastern Bloc in Montreal, Quebec. She has been a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellow and a New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artists Fellow. She’s an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood Writers Collective and has received two EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commissions. She’s also an alumna of the LA-based Playwrights Union. Her essays have appeared in Jezebel, Esquire, and Hello Giggles. She received her MA in Writing for Performance at the University of London – Goldsmiths College and her BA in English & Creative Writing from James Madison University.

Dorothy Fortenberry, Writer, Producer (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Dorothy Fortenberry is currently in her fourth season as a writer/producer on Hulu’s award-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Before that, she worked for three seasons as a writer on CW's The 100. Her plays include Species Native to California, Partners, and Good Egg, and her essays have appeared in Real Simple, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others.

Craig Mazin, Writer (Chernobyl)

Craig Mazin is the Golden Globe and two-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of the HBO Limited Series Chernobyl, for which he also won a Writers Guild Award and Producers Guild Award. Craig has also made a name for himself as a feature film writer with a knack for appealing to broad audiences over the course of his 25-year career. His hit films include The Hangover Part II and Part III and Identity Thief. Together, his films have grossed over one billion dollars in theaters worldwide.


Currently, Mazin is writing a feature film adapation of the hit Broadway musical Wicked for producer Marc Platt and Universal Pictures, and he is adapting the acclaimed video game The Last of Us with its creator Neil Druckmann for HBO.


Craig can be heard each week on the popular screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes, which he co-hosts with fellow writer John August.


Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Climate Leader, President and Founder of the Hip Hop Caucus

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life.  He entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in 2004. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he established the award winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign where he led a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors. In 2008, he led Hip Hop Caucus’ launch of Respect My Vote!, a campaign and coalition that works with Hip Hop artists to engage young people in the electoral process. As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, he works to bridge the gap between communities of color and environmental advocacy. He is a leader in campaigns calling for divestment from fossil fuels causing climate change, increasing diversity in the climate movement, ensuring everyone has clean water and air, and international efforts to address climate change. In 2018, he helped launch Think 100%, Hip Hop Caucus’ award-winning climate communications and activism platform.



Anna Jane Joyner, Founder, The Good Energy Project

Anna Jane Joyner is a climate activist and communications consultant who is passionate about crafting stories and strategies that inspire new and non-traditional audiences to take action on climate change. Her work has been featured by Rolling Stone, Glamour, MTV, The Associated Press, and Years of Living Dangerously, an Emmy-award winning Showtime series on the climate crisis.  

Currently, she’s the co-host of "No Place Like Home" - a podcast that gets to the heart of climate change. They just launched a new "Bring the Light" season that interviews spiritual leaders on finding and inspiring climate courage. She’s also the director of The Good Energy Project, a new initiative that collaborates with TV and film writers to tell compelling climate stories.

Beandrea July, Film Critic and Entertainment Writer

Beandrea July is a freelance writer and audio producer focused on culture. Her film criticism has been published in several outlets including The New York Times, Time, The Hollywood Reporter and broadcast on NPR. She is also an aspiring television writer and is currently the Writers Assistant on the upcoming Showtime series First Ladies starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama.


Open to members of the entertainment industry.

By registering for this Q&A, you will receive a calendar invitation containing the Zoom credentials. Once the webinar reaches capacity, please participate via private YouTube livestream, which will be included in the calendar invitation 5 minutes prior to the start of the event. Prior to the start of the event, you may also refresh this event page to access the private YouTube livestream.

Please note: The PGA strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation for you or your guest, or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Diana White at or 646-766-0770.