Off topic; Bill Moyers Reports: Earth On Edge
BILL MOYERS REPORTS: EARTH ON EDGE
PBS Environment Special
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 8pm
(check local listings)
I want to share with you some information about an upcoming television broa=
dcast that the World Resources Institute, is collaborating on with acclaimed=
journalist Bill Moyers.
Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge is the latest in a series of Moyers' bro=
adcasts with an environmental focus. It will showcase new data depicting the=
scale of human impact on the planet's life-support systems and explore one =
of the most important questions of the new century:
What is happening to the Earth's capacity to support nature and civilizatio=
The film brings to life many of the findings in WRI's report "World Resourc=
es 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life."
The two-hour broadcast will premiere across the nation on PBS on Tuesday, J=
une 19, 2001 at 8pm (check local listings).
The broadcast will be augmented by an extensive educational website providi=
ng in-depth information about ecosystems as well as updates on their status =
and information about how concerned citizens can take action.
The website, www.pbs.org/earthonedge, will debut on June 12. A preview site=
is up now. In addition, WRI will be launching EarthTrends, an informational=
portal to give free, global access to the vast amount of case histories, ma=
ps, and other scientific information from "World Resources 2000-2001."
EarthTrends will make key information accessible and useful to those who in=
fluence environmental policy - in governments, in international organization=
s, in academia, in corporations, and in think tanks and other civil society =
organizations. EarthTrends will also be available to educators, students, an=
d the public at large to fill their information needs and satisfy their curi=
Features on this portal will include a section on environmental conditions =
1) overviews and short pieces for users who want interpretative assistance =
to accompany their data analysis;
2) more detailed interpretation of select trends and data sets. EarthTrends=
will be an ongoing component of WRI's website and will continue far beyond =
the broadcast. Earthtrends.wri.org will debut on June 12.
We believe this broadcast is a great opportunity for all of us who are conc=
erned about the rapidly deteriorating global environment to help reinvigorat=
e a national recommitment to these issues. That is why I am seeking your ass=
istance. Specifically, I would like you to consider distributing some inform=
ation about the broadcast to your members and friends, through your newslett=
ers, listserves, and on your websites. would be delighted to talk with you i=
n more detail about this.
Director of Strategic Marketing and Outreach World Resources Report
World Resources Institute
10 G Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Visit us online at www.wri.org
Thanks to Candace Boheme and Eternal Essence, for forwarding this message. =
BILL MOYERS REPORTS: EARTH ON EDGE
Bill Moyers Reports: Earth On Edge
Tuesday, June 19 at 8:00pm
(Check local listings for time)
Acclaimed journalist Bill Moyers and an award-winning team of producers rev=
eal recent scientific evidence that Earth is approaching a key environmental=
threshold. Bill Moyers Reports: Earth On Edge showcases new data depicting =
the scale of human impact on the planet's life-support systems. The two-hour=
program explores one of the most important questions of the new century: Wh=
at is happening to Earth's capacity to support nature and civilization?
The documentary coincides with the launch of the Millennium Ecosystem Asses=
sment, an international effort to gauge the health of the world's forests, g=
rasslands, coastal and freshwater areas. Preliminary findings were featured =
in the World Resources Institute's (WRI) World Resources 2000-2001: People a=
nd Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life. The statistics from their preliminar=
y findings are staggering: half the world's wetlands lost in one century, ha=
lf the world's forests chopped down, 70 percent of the world's major marine =
fisheries depleted, the world's reefs at risk.
But Earth On Edge pushes well past the numbers. Moyers and his team also ta=
ke viewers on a journey of hope to meet people from the American Midwest to =
Mongolia who are pioneering sustainable solutions to ecological problems. Ea=
ch story takes place in one of five major ecosystems: forest, agriculture, c=
oastal, grassland, and fresh water. Reports from Kansas, British Columbia, B=
razil, South Africa, and Mongolia illuminate the ways in which human demands=
over the past century have been wearing holes in the fabric of life. The pr=
ogram profiles individuals who are confronting the challenge head on, people=
who understand how their lives depend on Earth's ecosystems, and how their =
own energy and dedication might help restore
In South Africa, Moyers visits Working for Water, an innovative government =
program that has trained 40,000 unemployed people to cut down thousands of i=
nvasive trees and restore the precious water that flows from the mountains t=
o the rivers. Traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia, Moyers' team tells t=
he story of an experimental collaboration with one of Canada's biggest timbe=
r companies. Viewers join loggers as they fly in and out of the forest by he=
licopter to harvest trees in a way that mimics the natural process and allow=
s the ancient rainforests and the wildlife they support to survive. In Mongo=
lia, where the size of the herd determines wealth, Moyers spotlights the nee=
d to train new herders in the ancient techniques of migration to restore the=
overgrazed and parched landscape. From the coral reefs and mangroves of Bra=
zil, the program examines a $4 million government project to close off some =
areas of an endangered reef in hopes that the coral and marine life will rec=
over and allow fishermen and tourists to use and enjoy the coast in a sustai=
nable way. And, finally, Moyers returns to America's Kansas prairies, where =
one farmer is bucking the tide against excessive herbicides, pesticides and =
fertilizers that sap the soil of nutrients and pollute drinking water.
Moyers tells individual stories, in far-flung locations, but in the end it =
is strikingly clear that the program is about what has been done to the Eart=
h and what can still be done to turn things around. Bill Moyers Reports: Ear=
th On Edge will be augmented by an extensive web site, as well as an educati=
on and outreach campaign directed by WRI. The site will provide in-depth inf=
ormation about ecosystems as well as updates on their status and instruction=
s for taking action. WRI is also organizing a series of live events and pane=
l discussions promoting public dialogue around the issues raised by Earth On=
Edge and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
"Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trampl=
e the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink=
clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?"
-- Ezekiel 34:18
"Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last fish has b=
een caught, only after the last river has been poisoned, only then will you =
realize that money cannot be eaten."
- Cree Native American
Thanks to Myrica Morningstar, Lea Walters, and Paula Peterson for forwardin=
g this message.
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