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Plan B: Mobilizing to Save CivilizationState of the Planet's OceansState of the Ocean's AnimalsState of the Planet's WildlifeState of the PlanetFuture ConditionalHot ZonesSeas of GrassOn the BrinkLand of Plenty, Land of WantUrban ExplosionRivers of Destiny
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Journey to Planet Earth introduces students to some of the most important environmental issues of the 21st century through thought-provoking coverage. What makes this series different from other environmental programs is that it links the sciences with economics, politics, geography and history - an interdisciplinary approach recommended by the National Science Education standards for teaching environmental issues.

"Classes in economics, history, civics, geography, and social studies will benefit from watching this extraordinary production." — School Library Journal

Each episode of Journey to Planet Earth features four to five thematically related stories from different geographic regions and that feature stories about people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Journey to Planet Earth can lead students to a deeper kind of inquiry, one that is an investigation of their personal relationship to the environment and, hopefully, the recognition that individuals can help their countries and communities cope with serious environmental threats.

To find the best program for your students, explore the extended descriptions for each program. Teachers guides, activity kits, and other resources can be found throughout this site. The video series is also available for purchase for educational use.

Plan B:Mobilizing to Save CivilzationPlan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of climate change. As prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about carbon emissions cast a shadow over the future of fossil fuels, wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas at a pace and on a scale previously unimagined. Locations: China, Japan, Korea, India, Italy, Turkey, Bangladesh, Zambia, Haiti, and the United States. Teachers Guide (PDF) available here.

State of the Planet's WildlifeState of the Planet's Oceans
Once considered an inexhaustible source of food, the oceans are now in danger of being seriously depleted. This program examines the issues affecting marine preserves, fisheries, and coastal ecosystems. Teachers Guide available here.

State of the Planet's WildlifeState of the Ocean's Animals
Investigate why so many of our ocean's animals are disappearing. Case studies focus on global issues including climate change, sea-level rise, over-fishing, and habitat destruction. Teachers Guide available here.

State of the Planet's WildlifeState of the Planet's Wildlife
Investigate what scientists call "the sixth great extinction of the world's animals" and what we are doing to stop it. Teachers Guide available here.

The State of the PlanetState of the Planet
Discover the elegance of diversity and the rich tapestry of the natural world—a world shaped by people, by those who are strongly tied to the land and who draw from its bounty. Teachers Guide available here.

On the BrinkFuture Conditional
Explore how toxic pollutants affect environmental and human health in the arctic, USA, Mexico and Uzbekistan. Teaching Topics include global trade, airborne and groundwater pollution, land and water use and global climate change. Teachers Guide available here.

On the BrinkOn the Brink
Investigates the connection between environmental issues and political crises and increased hostilities in India/Bangladesh, South Africa, Peru, Haiti, Mexico and the United States. Teaching Topics include deforestation, soil erosion, water and air pollution, refuge populations and global climate change. Teacher's Guide available here.

Hot ZonesHot Zones
Shows how human health is dependent on that of the environment in Kenya, Peru, Bangladesh and the United States. Teaching Topics include deforestation, climate change, uncontrolled development. Teacher's Guide available here.

Seas of GrassSeas of Grass
Discover the natural vegetation of nearly one-quarter of Earth's land surface, grasslands, in Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, China and the United States. Teaching Topics include livestock grazing, reduction in species diversity, and conversion of grassland to farmland or desert. Teacher's Guide available here.

Land of Plenty, Land of WantLand of Plenty, Land of Want
Visits diverse farming communities in Zimbabwe, France, the United States and China to examine the worldwide problems of feeding a growing population. Teaching Topics include subsistence farming, irrigation, agricultural runoff, organic farming, precision farming and soil erosion. Teachers Guide available here.

Urban ExplosionThe Urban Explosion
Examines the problems confronting four of the world's mega-cities — New York City, Mexico City, Istanbul, and Shanghai. Teaching Topics include air and water pollution, water shortages, population growth, public transport, urban sprawl and environmental racism. Teachers Guide available here.

Rivers of DestinyRivers of Destiny
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 Mekong. Teaching Topics include flood control, deforestation, over-fishing, Middle East politics, water pollution and loss of wetlands. Teachers Guide available here.


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