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Earth Days

Online premiere: Sunday, April 11, 8pm on Facebook
Tuesday, April 20, 8am, 2pm, and 7pm on WGBH World
Tuesday, April 20, 1:30pm WGBX 44
Thursday, April 22, 10pm on WGBH 2
Saturday, April 24, 12noon WGBX 44
Sunday, April 25, 3pm WGBH 2
Sunday, April 25, 7pm WGBX 44
In Earth Days, acclaimed director Robert Stone traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day, and it its status as a major political force in America. Drawing heavily on eyewitness testimony and a wealth of never-before-seen archival footage, Stone examines the revolutionary achievements – and missed opportunities – of a decade of groundbreaking activism.

 

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One
John Francis

Tuesday, April 13, 7:30pm WGBH 2
Saturday, April 17, 11am WGBX 44
Sunday, April 18, 11am WGBH 2

In this episode of One-on-One, María Hinojosa talks with John Francis, the founder of the nonprofit organization Planetwalk. Dedicated to raising environmental consciousness, he stopped using motorized transportation, and for 22 years he walked over 20,000 miles throughout the United States and Latin America. Francis also stopped speaking for 17 years (1973-1990) to demonstrate the importance and power of listening over arguing. Today, he serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program and writes pollution regulations for the Coast Guard.

 

Nature: Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Sunday, April 18, 8pm on WGBH 2
Monday, April 19, 10am, 4pm, 6pm, and 9pm on WGBH World
Friday, April 23, 8pm on WGBX 44
Saturday, April 24, 8am, 2pm, and 8pm on WGBH World

Frogs have been hopping the planet for more than 350 million years. They've evolved into some of the most wondrous, diverse and beloved animals on earth. Suddenly, they're slipping away. We've already lost one-third of our amphibians and more are disappearing each day. Some say it's the greatest extinction since the dinosaurs. Ecosystems are beginning to unravel, important medical cures are vanishing and we're losing a dear old friend. It's a global crisis, mobilizing scientists around the world to stem the tide — before the next frog crosses the thin green line.

 

A Sense of Wonder

Tuesday, April 20, 10am, 4pm, 6pm, and 9pm on WGBH World
Thursday, April 22, 11am on WGBH World

When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, the backlash from her former critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Despite her love of privacy, Carson’s convictions about the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into a very public and controversial role. Shot in HD by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the 55-minute film is an intimate and poignant reflection of Carson’s life as she emerges as America’s most successful advocate for the natural world.

 

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One
M.a. Sanjayan

Tuesday, April 20, 7:30pm WGBH 2
From Antartica to Tanzania and from Alaska to Australia, Nature Conservancy lead scientist M.A. Sanjayan travels the world to track global warming and promote conservation. In this conversation with María Hinojosa. Sanjayan, who was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Africa, talks about poverty alleviation and conservation, and whether or not there is still time to save the planet.)

 

NOVA: Big Energy Gamble

Tuesday, April 20, 8pm on WGBH 2
Thursday, April 22, 9am, 3pm, and 8pm on WGBH World
Friday, April 23, 9pm on WGBX 44
Saturday, April 24,7am, 1pm, and 7pm on WGBH World

Arnold Schwarzenegger is betting on green. He wants to roll California’s greenhouse gas emissions back to their 1990 levels, and he’s promising Californians that their lifestyles — and their pocketbooks— won’t feel the pinch. But is Schwarzenegger gambling with his state’s economy? With help from eco-celebrities like Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” NOVA examines California’s aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future.

 

Children of the Amazon

Wednesday, April 21, 8am, 2pm, and 7pm on WGBH World
Friday, April 23, 11am on WGBH World
Sunday, April 25, 10am, 4pm, and 11pm on WGBH World

Children of the Amazon follows Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol as she travels a modern highway deep into the Amazon in search of the Indigenous Surui and Negarote children she photographed fifteen years ago. Part road movie, part time travel, her journey tells the story of what happened to life in the largest forest on Earth when a road was built straight through its heart. Zmekhol’s cinematic journey combines intimate interviews with her personal and poetic meditation on environmental devastation, resistance, and renewal. The result is a unique vision of the Amazon rainforest told in part by the indigenous people who experienced first contact with the modern world less than 40 years ago.

Independent Lens: Dirt! The Movie

Wednesday, April 21, 9am, 3pm, and 8pm on WGBH World
Thursday, April 22, 11pm on WGBX 44
Sunday, April 25, 12noon on WGBH World
Narrated by award-winning actress, author and social activist Jamie Lee Curtis, “DIRT! The Movie” delves into the fascinating history of this lowly substance, explaining how four-billion years of evolution have created the dirt that recycles our water, gives us food, provides us shelter and can be used as a source of medicine, beauty and culture. But people have become greedy and careless, endangering this vital living resource with destructive methods of agriculture, mining practices and urban development. This abusive behavior has yielded catastrophic results: mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming. But as the film shows, times are changing — brown is the new green.

 

P.O.V.: Food, Inc.

Wednesday, April 21, 9pm on WGBH 2
Thursday, April 22, 9pm on WGBX 44
Friday, April 23, 8am, 2pm, and 7pm on WGBH World
American agriculture has in many respects been the envy of the world. U.S. agri-business consistently produces more food on less land and at cheaper cost than the farmers of any other nation. What could possibly be wrong with that? As recounted in this sweeping, shockingly informative documentary, sick animals, environmental degradation, tainted and unhealthy food and obesity, diabetes and other health issues are only the more obvious problems with a highly mechanized and centralized system that touts efficiency as the supreme value in food production. Filmmaker Robert Kenner marshals mountains of data, vérité visits to production sites and footage of meat-packing operations secretly shot by workers, plus eye-opening testimony from farmers, workers, consumers’ advocates and the few industry people willing to talk in their own defense.

 

Knee Deep

Friday, April 23, 10am, 4pm, 6pm, and 9pm on WGBH World
Sunday, April 25, 1pm on WGBH World

Knee Deep follows a culturally diverse group of dedicated senior citizens who are pooling their collective knowledge for a common cause: the environmental health of the Delaware Valley's waterways. The Center in the Park Senior Environment Corps is quietly generating scientific data that someday will feed into a global database documenting the long-term health of the world’s rivers and streams, and possibly spur changes in the management of water and waste. The documentary also highlights how the volunteer organization prioritized environmental education within their community, particularly with schoolchildren.

 

Global Focus VI: The New Environmentalists

Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:30am, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, and 9:30pm on WGBH World
Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 1:30pm on WGBH Worl
Global Focus VI: The New Environmentalists is a half hour documentary narrated by Robert Redford, featuring intimate portraits of six passionate and dedicated environmental activists from around the globe. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle authoritative governments, powerful corporations and other intimidating adversaries. Their goal: safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and unbridled pollution.

 

Green Builders

Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10pm on WGBH 2
A quiet green revolution in the building world is evolving – and a first wave of innovative green design projects large and small has already hit the ground. Green Builders profiles a cast of green building pioneers who have taken the leap into making their part of the “built environment” a more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly place. The special takes a wide-ranging look at a variety of approaches and levels of commitment and at the individuals who have helped turn green building theory into reality.

 

Growing Greener Schools

Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World
Today's focus on green building is giving us a better understanding of the potential impacts our school buildings have, not only on the environment, but on our childrens' - and their teachers' - health and development. Armed with this new knowledge, many school districts across the country are taking "green" to a new level. Considering that one in five Americans spend their days in K-12 schools, this green-school movement is positioned to become a significant contributor to improving our nation's environmental and public health. The challenge, however, is in establishing green school definitions and standards that will meet the needs of under-represented people, struggling schools, diverse communities and geographical regions.

 

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One
Majora Carter

Tuesday, April 27, 7:30pm WGBH 2
Majora Carter is the founder of the nonprofit organization Sustainable South Bronx and the for-profit environmental consulting company Majora Carter Group. A MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient, Carter pioneered green-collar job training and placement systems in one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the US.In this conversation with María Hinojosa, Carter discusses environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for communities in need.