[Vision2020] "The Planet" Part 1: "Global Change:" LinkTV Tonight 9:30 PM: 375 DirectTV, 9410 Dish Network

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Sun Oct 18 12:52:43 PDT 2009

This is one of the best, if not the best, Earth System Science documentaries
I have seen, for the general public, thus not too technical or academic.
Tonight at 9:30 PM LinkTV is showing the episode "Global Change" from the
four part version of "The Planet."  LinkTV is running this documentary to
also do fund raising:


*The Planet*

This outstanding documentary series outlines the challenges faced by
humanity in the grip of global environmental change, making a strong case
for mankind's own contribution to this life threatening problem. Not limited
to climate change, *The Planet* examines global changes brought about by
overpopulation, the destruction of plants and animals, high levels of
consumption, growing economies and industrialized farming. Swedish
filmmakers Michael Stenberg, Linus Torell, Johan Söderberg take this serious
material to the next level, using unconventional aerial photography,
archived instructional films and a thriving soundtrack to bring a scientific
subject into the realm of artistic, contemporary documentary. Environmental
experts interviewed for the series include Pulitzer Prize and National Medal
of Science winner Jared Diamond ("Guns, Germs and Steel"), author and
Stanford professor Gretchen Daily, Herman Daly, Will Steffen, George
Monbiot, Norman Myers and Lester Brown.

 *Part 1: Global Change*
The first episode of *The Planet* attempts to correct our use of the term
“climate change”, arguing that what humanity really faces is change to all
aspects of the biosphere, including the decimation of resources, ongoing
damage to natural services such as pollination, and the widespread
extinction of plants and animals. This is a global change – one that reaches
beyond the climate. Because it's global, it's a marked example of our
growing dependence on the behavior of other nations.

The first people to feel such global changes are often the most unlikely –
Inuit hunters whose fish are suffering mutations from e-waste, Australian
ranchers fighting raging bushfires, Portuguese farmers facing ceaseless
droughts, year in year out. We all share the planet, and the decisions we
make now will affect not only our own lives, but the future of the whole
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett
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