Park City resident produces ‘Our America: Climate of Hope’ for ABC

PARK CITY, Utah. — ABC Localish Studios partnered with National Geographic to present “Our America: Climate of Hope,” premiering on television and streaming platforms (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Hulu). The hour-long special brings together ABC’s trusted meteorologists and National Geographic Explorers to look at the impact of climate change on local communities and the innovation, heroes, and ingenuity lining up to tackle the issue.

In 2020, the U.S. experienced more billion-dollar disaster events than any other time in history, including wildfires, hurricanes, drought, flooding, and heatwaves. Communities experienced historical climate-related disasters—from the worst wildfire season across West Coast California to historic freezing weather in Texas that left millions without power and running water.

Park City resident Anna Robertson, VP of Content and Partner Innovation for ABC, executive produced the project. In a LinkedIn post, she said, “This is one of the biggest equity and justice issues of our lifetime. It affects our security, our economy, and our health.”

Robertson commented on the collaborative effort that went into Our America: Climate of Hope: “By bringing together the weather teams that our viewers turn to every day after day with our partners at National Geographic, we can inform and empower viewers with stories of hope, inspiration, and innovation toward a better future.”

Michael Tribble, vice president of Integrated Storytelling at National Geographic, said, “When we say that the planet is changing, we mean that it is changing in a way that is affecting you, your family, your neighbors, and all of our communities. Knowing the challenges that people face today on a local level is crucial to better understanding what solutions we’ll need for tomorrow and beyond. This type of coverage also reflects National Geographic’s continued evolution of its storytelling about the planet, focusing on solutions and possibilities.”

The special focuses on two of the biggest environmental challenges facing communities – coastal flooding and wildfires – while also looking at the disproportionate impacts on communities of color. In addition, the special will profile cutting-edge innovations, youth environmental leaders, and practical solutions to reduce climate change.

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