Environmental Agents of Change Provide Strength in Numbers on Earth Day

by Mike Mcdonnough on April 22, 2010

in Miscellaneous News

On this day 40 years ago US Senator Gaylor Nelson gave birth to Earth Day, a day that would eventually become a major catalyst in the spread of awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Through its campaigns, Earth day has successfully promoted civic engagement, providing groundbreaking environment education to citizens around the world. Thanks to the work of Earth Day and its growing global reach, more and more individuals, organizations and businesses continue to adopt a moral obligation to become active and make improvements in climate change. In support of this special day, Janson Media highlights several titles from its rights portfolio that advocate for a better planet through stewardship.

The Emmy-award winning six-part series Global Focus: The New Environmentalists (1 x 30′ or 6 x 5′) (Seasons 1-6), narrated by Robert Redford, features intimate portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists from around the world. Producers Will Parrinello, John Antonelli & Tom Dusenbery of Mill Valley Film Group traveled worldwide to capture the triumphs and challenges of environmental heroes who have stood up to government, corporations and other adversaries. Their common goals are safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and the long term effects of pollution, and fighting for environmental justice in their communities. These “New Environmentalists” employ a formidable array of weapons to wage their battles. Picket signs, solar panels, legal briefs, garden hoes, spirituality, pop songs, dance and sheer determination are among their many resources.

Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska (39 x 30′) is a magazine-style series advocating enhanced quality of life through environmental stewardship; thoughtful consumption; community involvement; and financial responsibility. Simple Living, hosted by Wanda Urbanska, addresses such subjects as lowering your carbon footprint, reducing your personal waste stream, buying locally, green building, and reconnecting with nature. In short, taking one’s life back from the grip of consumerism. Distributed worldwide exclusively through Janson Media, the series can be seen on your local PBS station in HD. Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska was produced by Simple Living, LLC, and is available for all television, DVD, VOD, non-theatric, and new media markets worldwide exclusively through Janson Media. Episodes from the TV series are available for online viewing at janson.tv.

Meltdown: In the Shadows of Nepal’s Lost Glaciers (1 x 52′) follows a UN-led expedition to look at the escalating glacial melt that is starting to consume Nepal’s high mountain. The film ventures into the region to look at evidence of recent floods and to visit a dammed lake that experts believe might soon release 30 million tons of water onto the 7000 Nepalis who live below it. This provocative film brings a new angle to the issue of global warming. It includes dramatic scenery, an ascent of a 6000 meter mountain and interviews with a leading Buddhist monk, a Nepali environmentalist, local witnesses to disasters, a UN official, and glaciologists and global warming experts.

Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. We pursue our mission through a combination of education, public policy, and activism campaigns. Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.