Earth Day & Environmental Programming
Posted on Mar 31, 2021
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. Get to know more about our Earth home with compelling programming that highlights both the environmental problems we face and solutions toward a healthier planet.
Far Afield: A Conservation Love Story
This is a three-part love story involving conservation icon and author Bert and his wife Meg, their love for Jackson Hole, Wyoming and their love for the environment. With a keen intellect, sharp wit and a twinkle in his eye, Bert has been inspiring the people of Jackson Hole to observe and care about their wild neighbors for more than 40 years.
Friday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Austin PBS
Climate change is a critical scientific and social issue that confronts today’s world. Nowhere are the consequences of a warming climate more pronounced and observable than in the Polar Regions. And so we follow the 18-day, 2,000-mile Northwest Passage Project expedition through the stunningly beautiful and extreme Canadian Arctic Archipelago aboard the Swedish research icebreaker Oden.
Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS
Rewilding A Mountain
At Hart Mountain, one of the country’s largest experiments on public land is unfolding. Outside the wildlife refuge, Great Basin creeks run dry too early, iconic aspen dwindle and songbirds are harder and harder to hear. But on the refuge, things are starkly different. Creeks flow, aspen thrive and bird watchers travel long distances to see the species here. This film follows a team of researchers working to explain the amazing transformation and the man who made this success story possible against all odds.
Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. on Austin PBS
Nature: The Leopard Legacy
Follow the story of a leopard mother as she raises her cubs near the Luangwa River, facing a constant battle to hunt successfully, defend her territory and protect her cubs against enemies.
Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS
Origins of a Green Identity
This local documentary, narrated by Austin novelist Sarah Bird, explores Austin's earliest efforts to preserve Barton Springs and Barton Creek, and ultimately to create a city with publicly-accessible green spaces along Austin's waterways.
Sunday, April 18 at 1 p.m. and Thursday, April 22 at 10 p.m. on Austin PBS
The Last Pig
This award-winning documentary chronicles the life of a farmer in crisis: after a decade of raising pigs, he can no longer bear the ultimate act of betrayal. Set against the stunning backdrop of Upstate New York, this is a document of his final year on the farm. Deeply immersive, the film is a poetic snapshot, a contemplation on compassion, ethics and the changing landscape of animal agriculture. In intimate detail, it captures the farmer’s personal upheaval as he questions his own morality and the value of life. Through the story’s simple intimacy, the farmer’s moral quandary quietly becomes our own.
Monday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on Austin PBS
Nature: Sharks of Hawaii
Under the waves and tropical sun, each of Hawaii’s volcanic islands host a unique ocean landscape teaming with biodiversity. But one predator reigns supreme. With nearly 40 species of sharks calling these warm waters home, scientists are seeing new animal behavior around every corner. White Tip Reef Sharks “sleep” in tight volcanic tunnels. Galapagos Sharks risk beaching themselves as they chase monk seals right up to the sandy shores. And in the deep water, everything is on the menu for the hunting Tiger Shark, from birds and sharks, to Humpback whales. Hopping from island to island uncovers surprising moments of cooperation, rarely seen hunting tactics and striking insights into the world of these predators of paradise.
Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS
Nova: Reef Rescue
As climate change warms the oceans, coral reefs are dying, putting marine ecosystems and the billions of humans that rely on them at grave risk. To counteract this catastrophe, scientists are scrambling to find new ways to save the reefs using a technique called assisted evolution. Can crossbreeding seemingly more-resilient corals with one another produce heat-resistant offspring? Or perhaps an algae transplant will give dying corals a second chance at survival? From the Bahamas to Christmas Island to Australia, marine biologists fight against a ticking clock to save the coral reefs from extinction.
Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on Austin PBS
Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World
Travel with the world’s best-known climate activist as she takes her fight to a global stage. With unique access, the series follows Greta over an extraordinary year as she embarks on a mission to ensure world leaders work to limit global warming.
All three episodes air Thursday April 22 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS
Florida Keys: Protecting Paradise
Hosted by native Floridian Chad Crawford, a range of sustainability efforts underway in the 125-mile-long island chain of the Florida Keys are explored. People dedicated to protecting this unique natural environment are inteviewed along the way. Businesses are highlighted that embrace ecotourism and the new trend of “voluntourism” that allows visitors to do their part to help protect one of America’s great natural wonders.
Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. on Austin PBS