Michael Premo - We Need to Shift the Balance Towards People

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Apr 26, 2016
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Michael Premo - We Need to Shift the Balance Towards People

US filmmaker and artist shares his opinion of the Paris Climate Change Agreement on Austrian radio station Michael Premo speaking at Session 561 | Beyond Green - The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability.

Michael Premo, Fellow of Session 561 | Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability, was interviewed by Chris Cummins for Austrian radio station FM4's "Reality Check" show while in Salzburg.

Premo talked about his opinion on the Paris Agreement, which deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020, as well as grassroots methods of promoting more climate-conscious thinking and change in our communities.

Premo is an award-winning artist, producer, photojournalist, and filmmaker. He is the executive producer and founding partner of Storyline, a creative production company that builds power through story and strategy. In addition, he is currently an impact producer for Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’ film “This Changes Everything”, and the co-director and co-creator of “Sandy Storyline”, a participatory documentary about Hurricane Sandy and the intersection of climate change and economic inequality, which won the Tribeca Film Festival’s inaugural Transmedia Award.

He also talked to FM4 about using relateable people facing extreme challenges in his documentaries as a method of connecting with audiences on an emotional level to demonstrate how our decisions now will affect the world we leave to our children.

The interview is available to listen to below.


Michael Premo is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar and participated in the session Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainabilitypart of Salzburg Global’s long-running Culture and the Arts series. The session was supported by the Edward T. Cone Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Bush Foundationthe David Rockefeller Fund and Red Bull Amaphiko. More information on the session can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/561.