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EcoSense for Living

Next Airing: Wed, Jan 27th, 2021 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV

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Thought-provoking series of eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life.


  • Do We Still Need The Clean Air Act?

    On October 27th, 1948, the residents of Donora, PA, awoke to a thick blanket of yellow smog. That was not unusual for this mill town, but this time, the stinging air didn't lift. It burned people's eyes and throats and darkened the valley for five straight days. Before it dissipated, 20 people had died from the toxic air. Many more would have life-long repercussions. Dr. Devra Davis, environmental health expert, Donora native, and author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, https: //www.basicbooks. com/titles/devra-davis/when-smoke-ran-like-water/9780465015221/ tells us how Donora slowly awakened America's need for the Clean Air Act, and why we need it just as much today. In segment two, we join Mom's Clean Air Force to meet mothers concerned about the effects of two different sources of air pollution. In Pennsylvania, parents educate themselves and guard their children's health against chemicals associated with fracking. In Orlando, we meet a mom engineer/artist who uses her paintings as one tool to express her concern about a nearby power plant. What can we do? As individuals, our transportation choices make a big impact. Don Anair of the Union of Concerned Scientists talks electric cars, evolving attitudes about carpools and rideshares, and whether or not car ownership is worth the price of admission. Will the world find enough creative options to our 1 person/1 car/1 planet challenge?

    Next Airing: Wed, Jan 27th, 2021 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/6/2019 to 4/5/2021
  • Talking Trash

    If you're an "average American," you produce about 4.4 pounds of trash per day (the global per person average is 2.6 pounds). The good news is that the average American also now composts and recycles about 1.5 pounds per day. Even though recycling is at an all-time high, we still lag far behind other developed countries - and many undeveloped ones - when it comes to landfill wastefulness. Orlando, Florida hosts more visitors that any place on the planet, around 72 million guests each year. In spite of that challenge, or maybe because of it, the mayor's office has made some impressive and progressive strides in sustainability. They've found creative ways to keep trash out of landfills including restaurant and residential composting, and a simple, easy-to-understand recycling program. Beyond that, they're recycling the compost into soil amendments and biofuels to close the circle. In this episode of EcoSense, we explore creative ways that people and organizations are upcycling, reducing, or transforming trash, from food to packaging to clothing. We ferret out the most creative solutions out there that revolutionize our thinking and our habits around trash - from upcycling excess material into beautiful products that employ refugees to rebuilding oyster beds.

    Next Airing: Wed, Feb 3rd, 2021 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/6/2019 to 4/5/2021
  • Wild Crossings

    Why did the 900-pound bull elk cross the road? Getting to the other side can be life-threatening for animals, but they have plenty of reasons to try. From finding food and mates to adapting to climate change, wild creatures must overcome all the obstacles humans and nature have put in their way. It's not just elk and bear on the move. From Alaska to Appalachia to New Jersey, scientists, engineers, and wildlife managers are learning how to help everything from walrus and seals to rare salamanders and snakes find safe passage in an increasingly developed world.

    Next Airing: Wed, Feb 10th, 2021 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 3/26/2020 to 3/25/2022
  • Fashioned for the Planet

    The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world and Americans send millions of tons of clothing to landfills every year! This issue affects us all whether we are fashionistas, or just people who wear clothes. In this episode, EcoSense explores alternatives to fast and cheap fashion. From upcycling vintage clothes, to buying and selling through consignment, to clothes made from scraps rescued from the landfill, EcoSense reveals fashion choices that look really good on the planet.

    Next Airing: Wed, Feb 17th, 2021 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/2/2020 to 4/1/2022
  • Wild Healing

    Whether we live in cities or suburbs, whether we're aware of it or not, people have deep-seated connections to nature. Our ancestors lived with a real and present sense of the wild animals and plants around them. In his book, Our Wild Calling, journalist Richard Louv challenges us to understand and appreciate our link to animals, domestic and wild. Dr. Cassandra Quave, an Emory Ethnobotanist, leads an international team searching for plant-based medicines to replace failing antibiotics. Krista Schlyer, an international conservation photographer, explores animals that have a need to roam across our southern border.

    Next Airing: Wed, Feb 24th, 2021 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/9/2020 to 4/8/2022
  • Innovation & Biomimicry

    Sometimes Mother Nature could use a boost and when we work with her natural systems, she can reward us with a blueprint for success! EcoSense explores three creative and wildly different examples of biomimicry. We visit Mushroom Mountain and learn how the potential uses of fantastic fungi go way beyond salad - including as organic pesticides, medicine and even a possible solution to world hunger. At the Emory Water Hub, mimicking Mother Nature leads to cleaning 400, 000 gallons of water per day - without using the city's water treatment system. And at Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta, we see how organizations all over the country band together to use data to ensure survival of many diverse species.

    Next Airing: Wed, Mar 3rd, 2021 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:47
    Usage rights: 4/16/2020 to 4/15/2022
  • Future Food

    We all like to eat, but some of our favorite foods can be hard on the planet. Katharine Wilkinson, one of the authors of DrawnDown, https: //, tells us how much our food choices - from what we consume, to how we deal with food waste - affects our health and climate change. How do we make sure food supplies, like seafood, remain sustainable and available? In New Orleans, the Audubon Nature Society promotes an annual sustainable seafood dinner to raise awareness about everything from buying local, wild caught versus aquaculture, and how to be open-minded to unfamiliar but plentiful seafood choices. Can adventurous eaters lead an food revolution that reduces greenhouse gases and feeds a growing population? "Bug Apetit! " explores serving up a better future. Take crickets, for instance! High in protein, they're hopping into popular culture in New York City and London, and possibly soon to a city near you.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/6/2019 to 4/5/2021
  • Grizzlies, Wolves, & The Endangered Species Act

    We asked the people of Montana and Wyoming about their relationship with wolves and grizzly bears and the answer was, "It's Complicated." In the politics of strange bedfellows, sometimes hunters, landowners, native tribes, and environmentalists find themselves on the same side of advocacy. However, there are big questions about the best way to live with apex predators, especially when they've been absent from much of the landscape for decades. Should grizzly bear continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act? How many bear are the ideal number? Should they be hunted as a management tool, or are there better ways to prevent human/bear conflict? Can large predators be allowed to migrate and populate naturally, or have humans claimed too much territory to allow that? EcoSense meets with farmers, hunters, native Americans, and organizations like Greater Yellowstone Coalition where voices with varying opinions find "common ground," and sometimes put aside their different perspectives for the greater conservation good.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 4/6/2019 to 4/5/2021



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