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.
Children & Nature (#102) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Green Jobs (#103) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Green Buildings (#104) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Environmental Body Makeover (#105) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jan 3, 2014 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Environmental Home Makeover (#106) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Many of us think of our homes as safe havens, but you may be surprised to learn how many toxins are hiding in common household products. In this episode of EcoSense for Living, we discover potentially harmful chemical ingredients in and around our homes and do a makeover inside our chemical-laden cabinets. Environmental experts including Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Andrew Weil, Ken Cook and Laurie David explain why harmful ingredients are in our products, how we can avoid or replace them, and what actions we can take to make sure we have a "Home, Safe Home."
- KQED Life: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 -- 1:00pm email reminder