EcoSense for Living
Thought-provoking series of eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life.
EcoSense for Living Previous Broadcasts
Environmental Body Makeover (Episode #105)
KQED Life: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
In this episode, we explore makeovers that matter: getting rid of toxins in and on our bodies. Bestselling author, Dr. Andrew Weil, tells us how to keep healthy by making smart diet & nutrition choices and knowing what food labels really say. Director of Environmental Working Group, Ken Cook, shares some surprising tidbits about chemicals in everyday body products. A boy with Autism makes amazing progress with help from Shauna K. Young, PhD, through a manganese-free diet and elimination of food additives. Environmentalist Laurie David gives us her take on how the overuse of antibiotics on farm animals makes us more susceptible to disease and sickness, and what we can do about it.
Green Buildings (Episode #104)
KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Green Buildings profiles homes, a school and even the third busiest sports and concert venue in the nation to illustrate how energy efficient buildings reduce our carbon footprint in remarkable ways. Atlanta's Phillips Arena was retrofitted with energy efficient systems and it now uses 21% less electricity than other arenas of similar size and the energy the facility saves in one year could power 111 private homes. This episode also profiles Arabia Mountain High School which focuses on environmental learning throughout its curricula using Promethean boards (to reduce paper and enhance learning), outdoor classrooms, and even energy- and water-efficient rest rooms. Green Buildings compares modular, new, completely green homes to modified older homes with energy efficient systems and opens by touring the Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC for a glimpse of the cutting edge green building designs being developed across the globe. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Decathlon is a competition showcasing design and designers, many of them college students, from Germany to California.
Green Jobs (Episode #103)
KQED Life: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
In post-Katrina New Orleans, there's a shining example of real-life results of green job training. At-risk young people get hands-on training on how to fortify and weatherize homes in The Big Easy. Then EcoSense takes you to Spartanburg, S.C., to witness a unique recycling process - The Coca-Cola Company has partnered to create new bottles directly from old bottles without using raw materials. Hungry to go green? See how traditional food industry jobs are being transformed, from the farmer all the way to pizza delivery.
Children & Nature (Episode #102)
KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Remember how kids used to play outside every day, running thorough the neighborhood until sunset? In this episode of EcoSense for Living we explore "nature deficit disorder," a term coined by Richard Louv (author, Last Child in the Woods), to describe the physical, mental, and emotional effects that children suffer when they lose contact with nature. Richard pinpoints how we came to be a nation separated from the natural world and how we can reverse it. We'll also hike with psychologist, Dr. David Busch, who uses nature therapy to help kids with ADD and ADHD. Then we'll experience how urban communities reconnect kids to nature through gardening, beekeeping, and creating safe untamed places where kids can still run wild. Find out how you can reconnect kids to their natural roots in your part of the world.
Household Tips (Episode #101)
KQED Life: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Household tips for saving money while going easier on the planet. The first segment features nationally syndicated radio host and consumer advocate, Clark Howard, showing us the simple changes he's made in his own house to save on his energy bills. In the second segment, an urban couple in an older home is amazed at the results of their whole house energy audit. The third segment takes us behind the scenes at a grocery store for a look at how the decisions we make there affect the planet. Then we wrap it up with a "green cleaning" expert who tells us how to make our own eco-friendly cleaners using inexpensive items from our pantries.