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      BILL MOYERS REPORTS: EARTH ON EDGE
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      PBS Environment Special
      Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 8pm
      (check local listings)
            http://www.pbs.org/earthonedge</A>
      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=
      n?
      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=
      osity.
      Features on this portal will include a section on environmental conditions =
      and trends:
      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.
      Sincerely,
      Rich Barnett
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          Rich Barnett
          Director of Strategic Marketing and Outreach World Resources Report
          World Resources Institute
        10 G Street, NE
        Washington, DC 20002
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      BILL MOYERS REPORTS: EARTH ON EDGE
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      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
      them.
      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
      From: http://www.aptv.org/MainPage/earthonedge.html
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      Larry Morningstar
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