Journey to Planet Earth is a current PBS series that dramatizes new ways of looking at the delicate relationship between people and the world they inhabit. The series is designed to help viewers 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, audiences come to see why all of these stories are connected, providing a dramatic mosaic of how the Earth works as an interrelated system.
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Extreme Realities – Investigates the link between severe weather, climate change, and threats to our national security.Program Details»
Plan B – Provides a glimpse into an emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of climate change.Program Details»
State of the Planet's Oceans – Studies the health and sustainability of the world's oceans.Program Details»
State of the Ocean's Animals – Takes a comprehensive look at why nearly half the world's marine animals may face extinction over the next twenty-five years.Program Details»
State of the Planet's Wildlife – Explores what scientists are calling the “sixth great extinction” of our world's plants and animals.Program Details»
State of the Planet – Probes at how population, climate change, and economic pressures affect the world's resources such as food and water.Program Details»
Future Conditional – Looks at the spread of air and water pollution and how contamination in one area can affect people and animals living thousands of miles away.Program Details»
Hot Zones – Examines how recent trends in globalization and the altering of ecosystems have led to dramatic increases in the spread of infectious diseases.Program Details»
Seas of Grass – Shows the devastating environmental, political, and economic effects of the degradation of the world's grasslands, which make up 30 percent of Earth's land surface.Program Details»
On the Brink – Considers how environmental pressures can lead to terrorism and regional conflict.Program Details»
Land of Plenty, Land of Want – Weighs how farmers can feed Earth's growing population without impoverishing the land.Program Details»
Urban Explosion – Analyzes ways to sustain burgeoning urban populations without destroying the environment.Program Details»
Rivers of Destiny – Delves into the problems associated with the tampering of the natural environment of rivers.Program Details»