Bill Moyer's Earth on Edge
Premiering on PBS June 19, 2001
at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings)
Site launch date: June 1, 2001
Acclaimed journalist Bill Moyers and an award-winning team of producers reveal recent scientific evidence that we are approaching a key environmental threshold. Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge showcases new data depicting the scale of human impact on the planet's life-support systems. The two-hour broadcast explores one of the the most important questions of the new century: What is happening to Earth's capacity to support nature and civilization?
The broadcast coincides with the launch of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, an international effort to gauge the health of the world's forests, grasslands, coastal and freshwater areas. Preliminary findings were featured in the World Resources Institute's World Resources 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life. The statistics from their preliminary findings are staggering: half the world's wetlands lost in one century, half the world's forests chopped down, 70 percent of the world's major marine fisheries depleted, the world’s reefs at risk.
But the broadcast pushes well past the numbers. Moyers and his team also take us on a journey of hope to meet people from the American Midwest to Mongolia who are pioneering sustainable solutions to ecological problems. Each story takes place in one of five major ecosystems: forest, agriculture, coastal, grassland, and fresh water. Reports from Kansas, British Columbia, Brazil, South Africa, and Mongolia illuminate the ways in which human demands over the past century have been wearing holes in the fabric of life.
This broadcast profiles individuals who are confronting the challenge head on, people who understand how their lives depend on Earth's ecosystems and how their own energy and dedication might help restore them.
Moyers tells individual stories, in far-flung locations, but in the end it is strikingly clear that the program is about all of us–what we've done to the Earth and what we can still do to turn things around, if we act quickly.
Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge will be augmented by an extensive web site as well as an education and outreach campaign directed by WRI. The site will provide in-depth information about ecosystems as well as updates on their status and information about how you can take action.
WRI is also organizing a series of live events and panel discussions promoting public dialogue around the issues raised by Earth on Edge and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
Funding for the production of Bill Moyers Reports:
Earth on Edge is provided by:
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Park Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Germeshausen Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, The Herb Alpert Foundation, The Kohlberg Foundation. Corporate funding provided by Mutual of America Life Insurance Company.
Funding for the Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge companion web site and outreach activity is provided by The Ford Motor Company, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, and the ARIA Foundation.