A reminder that the PBS Series: Journey to Planet Earth will air on Tuesday
nights IN MOST LOCATIONS (check your local listings--it will be on Sunday
afternoons in some places). The series starts on April 6 and runs for three
The message below includes information about educational materials, too.
I have seen the sustainable agriculture segment in its entirety (SARE funded
part of it), and also attended a screening of segments of all three shows.
This whole series looks to be of great interest. The SA program features
sanet's own Steve Groff, Pennsylvania farmer!
See the web site:
JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH
THREE-PART MINISERIES PREMIERES APRIL 6 ON PBS
FREE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE
The delicate relationship between people and the world they inhabit is
explored in a new three-part documentary miniseries, JOURNEY TO PLANET
EARTH, premiering Tuesday, April 6, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check
Narrated by Kelly McGillis, JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH provides a
perspective for viewers to understand the complexities underlying
ecological issues. Each episode looks at a specific problem from the
scientific, economic, political and historical viewpoints, as well as
at efforts by different communities to address these problems.
Computer-enhanced satellite images open the episodes, dramatically
illustrating the impact people have made on the planet ecosystem.
Rivers of Destiny (April 6) looks at the dangers (pollution, over
fishing, loss of wetlands) threatening four of the world's major
river systems the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Jordan and the
The Urban Explosion (April 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET) examines the problems
confronting four of the world's mega-cities New York
City, Mexico City, Istanbul and Shanghai. Providing citizens
with clean drinking water, waste disposal, food and shelter are constant
Land of Plenty, Land of Want (April 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET) visits
diverse farming communities in Zimbabwe, France, the United States Iowa
and Pennsylvania) and China to examine the worldwide problems of feeding a
Free Educational Materials
"Sustainable Agriculture It All Starts with Soil," developed in
conjunction with National 4-H, combines video excerpts from the
Land of Plenty, Land of Want program with hands-on activities. Designed
to be used in 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, FFA or similar
programs, this video and print package teaches middle-school-aged
youngsters about different kinds of soil and how to determine the
makeup of soil (is it clayey, loamy, silty, etc.). The video segments
and print component are being made available to PBS stations nationwide.
Both can be duplicated and the segments used in perpetuity. The print piece
also can be used with the complete Land of Plenty, Land of Want program.
A second educational package designed for middle school teachers is also
available. It consists of a teacher's guide and video segments excerpted
from each program. The teacher's guide is made up of three lessons based
on concepts covered in the programs.
The specially-selected video segments and teacher's guide are being made
available to all PBS stations, too. The video segments and the teacher's
guide may be duplicated and used in perpetuity. The teacher's guide can
be used also with the full 60-minute programs, which carry the standard
PBS one-year off-air record rights.
Both the teacher's guide and the "Sustainable Agriculture It All Starts
with Soil" brochure will be available to download from the
Journey to Planet Earth Web site in late March. Visit the site
(http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/planetearth) for a "sneak peek,"
beginning in mid-February.
For more information on the series and free educational materials, or to
order educational materials if they aren't available from your PBS
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