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PBS Series ‘Journey to Planet Earth’ to be shown
Episodes of a current PBS series,
called “Journey to Planet Earth,”
will be shown April 7, 14 and 19.
The series, which began Tuesday
dramatizes new ways of looking at
the delicate relationship between
people and the world they inhabit.
Dr. Joe Kyger,
professor of chemistry, will lead
discussion following each film, all
of which will be shown at 8 p.m. in
the Library Auditorium.
The Los Angeles Times
wrote, “The scope is wide, the
photography compelling, the
presentation is crisp,” while
Newsday said,
Profoundly serious
stuff, crucial information for
us and our children and theirs.
A continuing series that looks
at the orb with fresh eyes, is
unmistakably a wake-up call.”
The London (Ontario) Free Press
called it
“Intelligent writing and
gorgeous camera work,” and the
Florida Sun-Sentinel exclaimed,
“Unfolds like a Hollywood epic.
Count this show a success.” In its
review, Grist Magazine labeled it,
“A visually stunning celebration
of the beauty and diversity of the
natural world.”
The series is designed to help
students and adults understand
and cope with the complexities of
developing an agenda to deal with
the most important environmental
issues of the 21st century.
Through an interdisciplinary
approach, these programs reach
beyond the physical sciences
and draw connections to politics,
economics, sociology and history.
Each episode features four
to five thematically related
stories. Though photographed on
different continents and focusing
on different sets of problems, all
of these stories are connected,
providing a dramatic mosaic
of how the Earth works as an
interrelated system.
“Journey to Planet Earth
across the traditional disciplines
that are involved in earth science
and answers key questions about
interactions that take place
between the land, the oceans and
the atmosphere.
“State of the Planet,”
to be
shown April 7
investigates the
most critical questions of the 21st
Century. Case studies look at how
population, climate change and
economic pressures affect the
world’s resources such as food
and water in Kenya, India, Israel,
Bangladesh, the Amazon, Mexico,
China and the United States.
“State of the Planet’s Wildlife,”
to be shown April 14, explores
what scientists are calling the
“sixth great extinction” of our
world’s plants and animals and
what we are doing to stop it. Case
studies evaluate the loss of wildlife
as a result of climate change,
population and poverty pressures,
poaching, the international
bush-meat trade, and the loss of
wildlife corridors in Montana,
Florida’s Everglades, South Africa,
Singapore, Bangladesh, Kenya,
Zambia, the Amazon, the Arctic,
and China.
“Future Conditional,”
to be
shown April 19, probes the link
between environmental change
and the future health of our planet,
a “future conditional” on how
we cope with the spread of toxic
pollution. Case studies cover how
changing climates, uncontrolled
and unsustainable development,
and air and water pollution in one
area can affect people thousands of
miles away. Areas explored include
the Arctic, Mexico, Uzbekistan and
the United States.
Jim Head auctions off live auction items while Gina Davis looks on. The
President’s Twenty auction was the first official function in the newly
renovated Woody’s.
President’s XX auction