KUED-Channel 7 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of programming from April 18 - 21.
Join KUED, the SLC Film Center and the Swaner EcoCenter for a screening and discussion of Earth Days. Reserve your spot by calling (435) 649-1767 extension 103, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature: Frogs: The Thin Green Line, Sunday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Frogs have lived on this planet for more than 360 million years, today they are at the center of one of the greatest mass extinctions since the dinosaurs as they struggle against habitat destruction, pollution and a vulnerable ecosystem. On Sunday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. KUED-Channel 7 presents Nature Frogs: The Thin Green Line. This informative, yet unnerving, documentary explores the reality of the Earth's dwindling frog populations. Join scientists who have recently discovered that more than a third of all amphibians - most of which are frogs and toads - have become extinct, and more are disappearing every day. It is an environmental crisis sweeping the globe, from Australia and South America, to your backyard.
American Experience: Earth Days, Monday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Earth Days, a special two-hour American Experience documentary about the origins of the modern environmental movement, artfully assembles never-before-seen archival footage to create a film that offers both a poetic meditation on the environment and nature, and a probing analysis of past responses to environmental crisis. Told through the eyes of nine Americans who were inspired to act on what they believed was the most important challenge facing mankind, the film documents the groundbreaking activism, national legislation and grassroots organizations that led to the environmental revolution.
Nova: The Big Energy Gamble, Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Government organizations around the world are taking a critical and active role in the fight against global warming. In California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been on an ambitious, and often controversial, program to slash carbon dioxide emissions and promote energy efficiency. But how will everyday Californians need to alter their lives in order to reach this lofty goal? NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble explores California's bold approach by speaking with Governor Schwarzenegger, as well as the ordinary citizens and concerned businesspeople -- both supporters and detractors-- of California's approach to limiting its carbon footprint and whether this is something that could be adopted nation-wide.
Dirt! The Movie Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
An Independent Lens special, Dirt! The Movie tells the wondrous story of soil, Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility-- from its miraculous beginnings to its crippling degradation. Directors Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow employ a colorful combination of animation, vignettes, and personal accounts from farmers, physicists, church leaders, children, wine critics, anthropologists, and activists to learn about dirt -- where it comes from, how we regard (or disregard) it, how it sustains us, the way it has become endangered, and what we can do preserve it. Dirt! The Movie uncovers the environmental, economic, social and political impact of soil.
Food, Inc. Wednesday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m.
filmmaker Robert Kenner uncovers the highly mechanized industrial production of food in our country in this Academy Award nominated film. The documentary exposes the handful of corporations that control our nation's food supply, often putting profit ahead of consumer health; the livelihood of the American farmer; the safety of workers; and the health of our own environment. Featuring interviews with an entourage of forward-thinking social entrepreneurs and authors, Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
Garbage Dreams, Tuesday, April 27 at 11:00 p.m.
This Independent Lens film uncovers the world's largest garbage village located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, and the community behind the business of recycling Cairo's trash. Director Mai Iskander skillfully documents the Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) who recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect--far more than other recycling initiatives. But now a multi-national corporation has moved into the neighborhood and threatens their livelihood. Follow three teenage boys born into the business who are forced to make choices that will impact the survival of themselves, their families and their community.
On April 22, KUED Kids will host "Share the Earth Day" as 15 different series present eco-friendly, earth science and outdoor exploration-themed episodes.
Families can join favorite characters from CURIOUS GEORGE, SESAME STREET, SUPER WHY! and more as they learn about solar power, pollution, water conservation, biospheres and saving the rainforest. April 2010 marks KUED Kids largest "Share the Earth Day" event.
'Share the Earth Day' encourages kids to explore earth science as part of their daily lives, from backyard adventures with Sid the Science Kid to cooking using solar energy with Curious George," said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President of Children's Media, PBS. "PBS KIDS is a leader in science learning, with the most comprehensive, dedicated content and resources on TV, on-line and in classrooms."
Includes Premiere of new CURIOUS GEORGE episode and Online Premiere of WORDGIRL's "Earth Day Girl" (See Below)
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