Showcases independently produced films from all over the world with one common theme: real people making a difference for the environment and enhancing the world around us.
Natural Heroes Previous Broadcasts
Common Ground (Episode #712H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 24, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change.
Joanna Macy and the Great Turning (Episode #711H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 24, 2016 -- 4:00 PM
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy knows that when things look bleak, human beings respond with great wisdom and ingenuity. Her story of what she calls "the Great Turning," the global shift from destruction to sustainability, is deeply inspiring. If you loved Joseph Campbell's insight, you'll be equally moved by Joanna Macy. "Don't be afraid of your heart breaking open," she tells us. "The heart that breaks open can hold the whole universe. It's that big."
Native American Green: New Directions in Tribal Housing (Episode #710H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 17, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
Highlights five recent successful projects building sustainable housing on Native American tribal lands. Leading architects, builders, and tribal members tell the stories behind their project's design, financing, and construction and reflect on the transformative effect they've had on tribal members. This program reveals the emergence of an exciting new paradigm in tribal housing.
Sonatas of the Soil: Portrait of a Winemaker and Soil in Good Heart (Episode #709H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 17, 2016 -- 4:00 PM
"Portrait of a Winemaker" features the winemaker at Frog's Leap Vineyards where organically managed dry-farmed grapes make for great soil and award winning wine. "Soil in Good Heart" is a look at why good soil fertility is vital to life. It illustrates how valuable soil is to society and how it's been neglected at our peril. A mini-primer on what we've done to soil and how we can fix it!
Beyond Recognition (Episode #708H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 10, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
After decades struggling to protect sacred sites now engulfed by San Francisco's sprawl, a Native woman and her allies discover a new path: to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Shattering stereotypes, this program explores the quest to preserve one's culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.(winner, Best Short, San Francisco Green Film Festival)
Brower Youth Awards 2015 (Episode #707H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 10, 2016 -- 4:00 PM
Who's responsible for some of North America's most creative environmental victories? Meet an urban garden activist in the Bronx, water conservation activists in drought-stricken Nevada and California,and students proving art makes a difference. This program celebrates a new generation of leaders. (past Brower Youth Awards have won Emmy Awards on Natural Heroes)
Brower Youth Awards 2014 (Episode #706H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 3, 2016 -- 4:30 PM
This program honors legendary environmental activist David Brower, and calls forth a new generation of leaders. From neighborhood solar power in Michigan to banning Styrofoam in Hawaii to food security in Nepal, meet six young people honored for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. (past Brower Youth Awards have won Emmy Awards on Natural Heroes)
The Invisible Peak (Episode #705H)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 3, 2016 -- 4:00 PM
Hidden in plain sight. Through breathtaking time-lapse cinematography and historical footage, this program tells the virtually unknown story of the "missing" West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais in the San Francisco Bay Area, and how local engaged citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state for over 30 years. Movingly narrated by Peter Coyote.