On-Air Highlights

Special TV lineup celebrates Earth Day

Written by witf | Apr 15, 2013 8:00 AM
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witf is excited to offer special environmental programming on April 21 in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Find out what programs you can expect to see below.

3 p.m. - Life of Maurice Goddard

Maurice K. Goddard (1912-1995) was a man who committed his life to the conservation and environmental concerns of Pennsylvania and the nation. As a steward and public servant of the Commonwealth’s natural resources, Goddard served under five governors as Secretary of Forests and Waters and as the founding Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources (1955-1979).  His legacy includes numerous endeavors which helped shape Pennsylvania’s status as a national leader for environmental conservation including:

  • A State Park within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian
  • A commitment to professionalism and civil service
  • A dedicated funding and development approach for natural resource conservation through the Oil and Gas Fund, Project 70 and Project 500
  • A profound influence on national conservation policy
  • An instrumental role in the formation to the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

The one hour documentary will follow the chronology of Goddards life touching on the various accomplishments and challenges he faced. A series of interviewees with friends and colleagues will tell his story from their personal connection in conjunction with Goddard researcher and narration connecting the historical context of his career.

4 p.m. - Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

The film provocatively examines Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. Leopold's biographer, conservation biologist Dr. Curt Meine, serves as the film's on-screen guide.

Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold’s idea, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation. The film draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community.

5 p.m. - The New Environmentalists - From Zimbabwe to Russia

Global Focus is a half hour documentary narrated by Robert Redford, featuring intimate portraits of six passionate and dedicated environmental activists from around the globe. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle authoritative governments, powerful corporations and other intimidating adversaries. Their goal: safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and unbridled pollution.

This film profiles the 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients, including Raoul du Toit (Zimbabwe), Dmitry Lisitsyn (Russia), Ursula Sladek (Germany), Prigi Arisandi (Indonesia), Hilton Kelley (U.S.) and Francisco Pineda (El Salvador).

5:30 p.m. - The New Environmentalists - From Kenya to the Arctic Circle

Global Focus is a half hour documentary narrated by Robert Redford, featuring intimate portraits of six passionate and dedicated environmental activists from around the globe. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle authoritative governments, powerful corporations and other intimidating adversaries. Their goal: safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and unbridled pollution.

This film profiles the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients, including Russia's Evgenia Chirikova, who opposes a proposed road that would destroy a forest; Argentina's Sofia Gatica, who campaigns against the aerial spraying of pesticides; Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Sea; Fr. Edwin Gariguez of the Philippines, who led a hunger strike to stop a nickel mine; Kenya's Ikal Angelei, who opposes a dam; and China's Ma Jun, who publicizes companies that pollute.

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