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
The Edge of the Sea (Episode #505)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
Since the late 1960's, Puerto Rico's small fishing villages have undergone expansive coastal development, driven by tourism and the growing demand for beachfront property. The Edge of the Sea follows a third generation fisherman in his battle against a developer planning to build a mega condo project on one of Rincon's most popular public beaches. This film explores both sides of the privatization of public areas, and the sensitive social and environmental consequences of excessive coastal development.
Brower Youth Awards 2009 (Episode #504)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
Meet six extraordinary young people who were recognized in 2009 for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. The Brower Youth Awards honor founder and legendary environmental activist, David R. Brower, and call forth a new generation of leaders. He urged environmentalists to heed the words of the German poet Goethe, "Anything you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
New Shepherds of the Farm (Episode #503)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
New Shepherds of the Farm is a beautiful, heartfelt film that takes a realistic look at how animal farming is done today and considers the cost to the animals and the planet. Meet "cattle whisperer" Temple Grandin and the intrepid individuals who are transforming the North American animal farm. Temple, who is autistic, and highly sensitive to cattle has transformed the entire industry into a more humane place for animals. Compassionate people working with pigs, cows and chickens share a philosophy of a world without unnecessary cruelty to animals.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 18, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
A Simple Question: The Story of Straw (Episode #502)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
An inspiring film about Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW). Starting as a fourth grade class project and one child's question, "What can we do to save an endangered species?" STRAW evolved into a remarkable program that has restored over 20 miles of habitat, galvanized the local community, and led to significant educational innovation, illustrating the power of a child's curiosity and a teacher who honored it.
In The Wake of Giants (Episode #501)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 3, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
When humpback whales migrating between Alaska and Hawaii become entangled in marine debris, a small network of brave volunteer rescuers risk their lives to save them. Packed with action, beauty and compassion, In the Wake of Giants puts you in the rescue boats with the experts as they free the struggling whales.