Celebration at Millennium Park

Tuesday, August 10
Live Entertainment at 7pm
Film Screening at 8pm

Open to the public for free.

7:00-8:00 p.m.: Performances, music, fun activities and speeches
8:00-10:00 p.m.: Screening of Carbon Nation

Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave and Columbus Ave

The City of Chicago will host a Carbon Nation Celebration to celebrate the power of every-day climate change solutions for families, businesses and citizens. The event will include:

  • Performances by comedian Hal Sparks and the Happiness Club
  • Family activities and exhibits from the Museum of Science and industry
  • Celebrity appearances on the green carpet by the star of SHREK THE MUSICAL
  • Speeches from Chicago Department of Environment & Carbon Nation director
  • The world premiere and free screening of Peter Byck’s Carbon Nation film

Celebrity attendees include:

  • Mayor Daley–invited
  • Bill Kurtis, acclaimed documentary host and producer
  • Hal Sparks, actor and comedian
  • Suzanne Malec-McKenna, commissioner, Chicago Department of Environment
  • Peter Byck, director and producer of Carbon Nation
  • Star of Broadway in Chicago’s SHREK THE MUSICAL
  • The Happiness Club

Attendees also include those featured in the film:

  • Van Jones – Founder “Green For All” – Green Jobs Activist
  • Bernie Karl – “Crazy Alaskan” Geothermal Pioneer
  • Cliff Etheredge – West Texas Cotton Farmer turned Wind Farm Organizer
  • David Etheredge – Son of Cliff and Partner in Wind Farm
  • Dan Nolan – US Army Col. Retired
  • Art Rosenfeld – Energy Efficiency Pioneer and Retired Commissioner of the California Energy Commission
  • Michael Dunham – from JACO – “Fridge Guy”

This event is to celebrate the city’s commitment to environmental leadership and tackling climate change. In 2008, the city launched the Chicago Climate Action Plan which focuses on five major strategies—from energy efficient buildings and renewable energy to transportation, waste pollution and adaptation—to reduce Chicago’s greenhouse emissions 25 percent by 2020.

Here are some film stills:

Here is more info about the Chicago Climate Action Plan.

This event is promoted by Empirical Opera member, Samantha Mattone.