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.
Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution (#601H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Paint that self-cleans like a lotus leaf? Gecko-foot technology? Explore biomimicry, the science of emulating nature's best ideas to solve human problems. Set in South Africa, SECOND NATURE follows Time magazine "Hero of the Environment" Janine Benyus as she illustrates how organisms in nature can teach us to be more sustainable engineers, chemists, architects, and business leaders. After 3.8 billion years, nature has discovered how to survive and thrive. Benyus brings deep affection for the natural world as she guides us toward a vision of a planet in balance between human progress and ecosystem survival.
Truck Farm (#602H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he's got: his Granddad's old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city's funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America's largest city can learn to feed itself. The program entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable.
In The Wake of Giants (#501) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
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.
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A Simple Question: The Story of Straw (#502) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
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.
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New Shepherds of the Farm (#503) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
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.
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Brower Youth Awards 2009 (#504) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
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."
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The Edge of the Sea (#505) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
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.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 -- 12:30am email reminder