Ecosense for Living

Ecosense for Living

All Past Episodes

Talking Trash

26:47 | #304 | TV-G

Explore creative ways that people and organizations are upcycling, reducing, or transforming trash, from food to packaging to clothing. We highlight the most creative solutions out there including upcycling excess material into beautiful products that employ refugees to rebuilding oyster beds.

Do We Still Need the Clean Air Act?

26:47 | #303 | TV-G

Dr. Devra Davis, an environmental health expert and author, tells us how Donora, PA slowly awakened America's need for the Clean Air Act. Mom's Clean Air Force are mothers concerned about the effects of two different sources of air pollution. In Pennsylvania, parents guard their children's health against chemicals associated with fracking. In Orlando, we meet a mom engineer/artist who uses her paintings to express her concern about a nearby power plant. 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.

Future Food

26:47 | #302 | TV-G

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, the senior writer of DrawDown, tells us how much our food choices affect our health and climate change. In New Orleans, the Audubon Nature Society promotes an annual sustainable seafood dinner. "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.

Grizzlies, Wolves, & The Endangered Species Act

26:44 | #301 | TV-G

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. 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.

The Shape of Our Water

26:46 | #208 | TV-G

Representatives from the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) and the NAACP explain why some communities struggle to get clean drinking water. Residents of Uniontown, Alabama, a low-income community that received a massive amount of coal ash after a spill in Tennessee, share their experiences with striving to find clean water since the construction of a toxic landfill. And in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Trashwheel is not only cleaning up the inner harbor, but it is using googly eyes and social media to raise awareness about water pollution.

What Lies Beneath

26:46 | #207 | TV-G

We travel to Charleston, South Carolina where locals have united to protect their coast from seismic blasting and oil exploration. We meet the self-professed "coral nerd" and a filmmaker of the Chasing Coral documentary, and the intrepid entrepreneurs of 4Ocean, whose passion for fishing, surfing, and diving inspired an ocean cleanup company in south Florida.

Environmental Justice

26:46 | #206 | TV-G

EcoSense explores the intersection of environmentalism and the social justice movement with representatives from the Partnership for Southern Equity and the NAACP. In Atlanta, the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we meet members of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, a group that works hard to build and maintain a clean and healthy environment within its community.

Solar Justice

26:46 | #205 | TV-G

A "solar sheep farm" in eastern North Carolina is boosting renewable energy and grass-fed lamb production. In Atlanta, Georgia, Interfaith Power & Light works with congregations that feel a moral obligation to clean up the planet. And we check out creative applications of solar, from solarized stadium car parks to community solar for all.

Biscayne National Park and E.O. Wilson

26:48 | #204 | TV-G

Biscayne National Park, just south of Miami, is best explored by snorkeling or diving. EcoSense follows a group of divers on the park's Maritime Heritage Trail of 6 shipwrecks, complete with submerged historical trail markers. The trail is an opportunity for archeologists to study the human history of Florida's reef. Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson expands our horizons with his wisdom on how places like national parks can preserve the planet.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Atlanta Coyote Project

26:46 | #203 | TV-G

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most heavily visited park in the country. Park biologists show us how they manage bears and humans to keep both safe, including the latest in bear DNA research. Then we learn about the wily ways of coyotes in the suburbs, using hidden cameras from the Atlanta Coyote Project.

Ocean Health - Creatures Speak

26:46 | #202 | TV-G

Injured turtles give researchers fresh information about ocean health on Jekyll Island, Georgia. We examine threats against Manatees including boats, habitat loss, run-off, and pollution in Crystal River, Florida. And Anamarie Shreeves from Atlanta, Georgia shows us how she does more than her part to fight pollution.

Ocean Health - Tales of Recovery

26:46 | #201 | TV-G

Nonprofits, volunteers, and local and state government worked together to restore Tampa Bay. Martin EcoSystems has found a way to use recycled plastic to protect coastline by building floating islands and populating them with indigenous plants. Artist Pam Longobardi travels the world "harvesting" plastic trash to turn into amazing art that gets people talking about how to stop trashing our oceans. And filmmmaker Louis Psihoyos talks about his new documentary, Racing Extinction.

Young Eco Heroes

26:46 | #110 | TV-G

This episode focuses on the next generation of environmentalists making a difference in wildlife preservation, climate change reversal, and healthy ocean policies. From meeting with world leaders to local campaigns, these kids are taking their environmental future into their own hands in surprising ways.

Power Pioneers - Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

26:46 | #109 | TV-G

From a small Kentucky town wiped out by tornadoes to revamping Chicago's energy mix to innovative transportation options, we explore how we can fight climate change on multiple fronts.

Food Fight

26:46 | #108 | TV-G

The pressures on the safety and security of America's food supply are examined. Rich Food, Poor Food authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, guide us through a grocery store and reveal how to make smart choices and avoid unwanted ingredients. Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Siefert on understanding the impact of genetically-modified food on his children's health and bee experts sound the alarm about the decline of our most valuable pollinators.

Take Back the Farm

26:46 | #107 | TV-G

Meet Ron Finley, a renegade gardener in south central Los Angeles and south Georgia farmer, Will Harris, who are changing the way we think about and consume food. Lawn and garden expert Paul Tukey talks about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. Also, a suburban man who became a local outlaw for "growing too many vegetables" and a trip to Chipotle, a national chain that's taking a local approach to their food supply.

Green Buildings

26:46 | #104 | TV-G

This episode profiles homes, a school, and even the third busiest sports and concert venue in the nation to illustrate how energy efficient buildings reduce our carbon footprint in remarkable ways.

Environmental Home Makeover

26:46 | #106 | TV-G

In this episode we discover potentially harmful chemical ingredients in and around our homes and do a makeover inside our cabinets. Environmental experts including Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Andrew Weil, Ken Cook, and Laurie David explain why harmful ingredients are in our products and what actions we can take to make sure we have a safe home.

Environmental Body Makeover

26:46 | #105 | TV-G

In this episode, we explore makeovers that matter: getting rid of toxins in and on our bodies. Author Dr. Andrew Weil tells us how to keep healthy by making smart diet & nutrition choices; Ken Cook shares some surprising tidbits about chemicals in everyday body products; a boy with Autism makes amazing progress with help from Shauna K. Young, PhD, through a manganese-free diet and elimination of food additives; and Laurie David gives us her take on how the overuse of antibiotics on farm animals makes us more susceptible to disease and sickness.

Green Jobs

26:47 | #103 | TV-G

In post-Katrina New Orleans, at-risk young people get hands-on training on how to fortify and weatherize homes and buildings; at 6 billion bottles and counting, the Coca-Cola Company has forged a partnership that's created the largest recycling center of it's kind in the world - and created jobs that didn't exist before; and Pizza Fusion shows how any job can become a green job with the right attitude and practices.

Household Tips

26:46 | #101 | TV-G

Learn household tips for saving money while going easier on the planet. Segments include performing a home evaluation, going green at the grocery store, and tips for green cleaning.

Children & Nature

26:47 | #102 | TV-G

Ecosense for Living explores "Nature Deficit Disorder," a term coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, that describes the physical, mental, and emotional effects that children suffer when they lose contact with nature. We hike with psychologist, Dr. David Busch, who uses nature therapy to help kids with ADD and ADHD. And experience how urban communities reconnect kids to nature through gardening, beekeeping, and creating safe untamed places where kids can still run wild.

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