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| KQED Celebrates Earth Week
Earth Day is celebrated with a full week's worth of activities and programming
QUEST premieres special episode on the Internet, before TV broadcast
April 11, 2007, San Francisco -- Earth Day may only come once a year, but at KQED, Earth Day is celebrated with a full week's worth of programming and activities. From Sunday, April 15 through Sunday, April 22 KQED will explore the state of the world, of the Bay Area, and of California with this multi-platform view of the planet.
For the first time, KQED will premiere a local television production on the Web before the broadcast date, with a new Earth Day episode from QUEST, the local science, nature, and environment series. The QUEST Earth Day Special: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed explores the birth and blossoming of the Bay Area environmental movement. Past successes -- from cleaning up smog to protecting open space -- are examined in depth, and the Bay Area's most urgent eco-threats in the decades ahead are revealed. The episode will be available via streaming video on Thursday, April 12 at www.kqed.org/quest, and broadcast on the air on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30pm on KQED 9 and KQED HD.
KQED will highlight local and global environmental issues with special programming on both television and radio, will participate in several Earth Day events around the Bay Area, and will hold a special "green" pledge day on Saturday, April 21. Visit www.kqed.org/earthweek for the full list of programming. Some of the week's highlights include:
KQED will be on hand at QUEST Community Partner events celebrating Earth Day across the Bay Area. On Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, KQED joins the California Academy of Sciences as they invite visitors to discover the wonders of the natural world and help protect its treasures. On Sunday, April 15, catch a special screening of a QUEST television segment at the Oakland Zoo's "Get Your Green Groove On!" celebration. Visit www.kqed.org/earthweek for a more comprehensive listing of QUEST Partner events.
- Truly CA: Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea is an irreverent look at the area once known as the "California Riviera" but now considered one of America's worst ecological disasters.
Airs Sunday, April 15 at 6pm and repeats Wednesday, April 18 at 11pm on KQED Public Television 9.
- QUEST KQED's new series examining local stories and people that impact our science, nature and environmental worlds features special Earth Day stories on television and radio.
QUEST Television airs Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30pm and repeats Friday, April 20 at 11:30pm on KQED Public Television 9.
QUEST Radio airs Friday, April 20 at 6:30am and 8:30am on KQED-FM 88.5 and KQEI-FM 89.3.
- Journey to Planet Earth explores the delicate relationship between people and the world they inhabit and makes environmental issues understandable, accessible and personal.
Airs Thursday, April 19 at 8:00pm on KQED Public Television 9.
- Forum features an environmental special with host Dave Iverson.
Airs Friday, April 20 at 9:00am on KQED-FM 88.5 and KQEI-FM 89.3.
KQED recently made environmental history as the only public broadcaster in the country to be carbon neutral. On April 21, KQED will conduct a "green" pledge day to support the station's effort to neutralize the entire year's worth of carbon emissions, as a first step to eliminating its negative climate footprint.
In addition to going carbon neutral, KQED has implemented responsible environmental practices for several years. With a daily shuttle for employees that runs between KQED and the nearest BART station, KQED encourages the use of public transportation. A charter member of the Business Energy Coalition since 2005, KQED was recognized by PG&E and The Energy Coalition as a leader in demand response for San Francisco and California. Since 1991, the organization's direct mail notices have been printed on recycled paper -- a standard practice for KQED's mailings whenever possible. KQED's internal Green Team has led the way, partnering with Friends of the Urban Forest to plant trees around the building to provide shade in 1994, encouraging recycling throughout the KQED facility, as well as working with vendors to decrease the amount of paper being used in the building.
KQED will continue to bring even more information, resources, examples, and products that encourage environmental responsibility to our members and audiences. Climate change and global warming are some of the topics explored throughout the year on KQED through radio and television programs like QUEST, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures, Science Friday, and Forum with Michael Krasny.
KQED (www.kqed.org) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB). KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime, is the producer of local and national series such as Quest; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way; and Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. KQED's digital television channels include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny, Pacific Time, and The California Report, is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento). KQED Education Network brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources. KQED Interactive offers video and audio podcasts and live radio stream at www.kqed.org, featuring unique content on one of the most-visited station sites in public broadcasting.