LOS ANGELES – Conversation is just one key to tackling the climate crisis. As it affects the entertainment industry, Allison Begalman, an activist and bridge maker, facilitates these conversations and events through her organization she co-founded, called YEA! Impact.
“The Hollywood Climate Summit creates a space where we can all share, and storytellers in Hollywood can really learn about the climate crisis,” she noted while explaining one of the many events she’s planning.
As Begalman focuses on solving environmental issues through intentional collaborations, she said the industry must be willing to work together to ensure more sustainable productions take place in Hollywood in the future.
Major films from 2016 to 2019 had a carbon footprint of 1,081 metric tons, according to a recent Sustainable Production Alliance study, but Begalman said those numbers can improve as long as companies are willing to work together.
“It’s a crisis that affects us all and it’s very immediate,” Begalman said. “We kind of have to put the competition aside and start sharing, like oh, that’s our carbon calculator, and that’s how we started to work with, and that’s the green production company with which we are working on. “
One example of such efforts is an app called Scriptation, a digital tool that eliminates paper waste, created by Steven Vitolo, which Begalman and his team have supported since its launch.
“When I was working as an assistant writer there was a lot of script review, and we weren’t doing that digitally. They were all pieces of paper that I printed out and gave to a production assistant to make a bunch of copies. So I thought it would be better if we could do it digitally, ”said Vitolo.
Vitolo’s green creation has helped not only productions, but also actresses like Chrissie Fit, who wasted time, money and paper printing their scripts.
“It’s so much less stressful, not having to carry a binder, I had a binder all the time like I was back to school,” Fit said. “And not having that, and being able to have it all at the click of a button is super helpful.”
Begalman is constantly mobilizing efforts like Vitolo’s, in the hope that productions not only adapt to such environmentally friendly practices, but also tell stories that reflect the reality of the current climate crisis.
“When we all do our part, we will make a difference and reduce carbon emissions for sure,” Begalman said.