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We explore the significant benefits of home-cooked meals, including improved family dynamics, greater likelihood of healthy ingredients, lower costs, reduced carbon footprint and taking time together to appreciate the food we receive.
Diet and Health
In this Humankind documentary, we hear from a growing movement of physicians and others who — concerned by the rising rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease — are placing greater emphasis on advising patients about more healthful eating. But changing our diets is notoriously difficult, especially in a culture that heavily promotes unhealthy foods.
The Diet-Climate Connection
The most climate-friendly foods are also healthy and tasty!
Our Food Footprint
A conversation with the long-time director of the UN Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, who also directs the Yale Climate and Energy Institute.
Frances Moore Lappe
Frances Moore Lappe, author of “Hope's Journey” as well as the classic “Diet for a Small Planet,” discusses her work over more than three decades to raise public awareness about the need to improve systems of global food distribution.
Rev. Sally Bingham of San Francisco, lay organizer Steve MacAusland of Boston and members of a concerned church discuss the movement for a religious response to climate change that has spread to more than 4,000 U.S. congregations.
Healthy Planet, Healthy People
Cultivating the crops for animal feed involves tremendous energy use, from pumping water to producing fertilizer. Thus, becoming a vegetarian can significantly reduce a person’s “carbon footprint”—the amount of greenhouse gases their lifestyle is responsible for. For a limited time, this show is available to listen to free of charge.
Hope in Action
Rather than dwell on self-defeating pessimism, some environmental experts are focusing on powerful local initiatives as well as steps individuals can take toward a future that is both sustainable and attainable.
Also, a conversation with Bill Moomaw, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, and his wife Margot Moomaw, a consultant on energy use by homeowners, about the gorgeous all-solar house they built in an effort to live a climate-friendly life.
Mothers Out Front
A visit with Mothers Out Front, a fascinating group of mothers who come together (usually at house parties) to focus on the threat that climate change poses to their children and to future generations.
Most people in metropolitan areas face choices when we travel: to go by car or to use public transit? These decisions have a huge impact on our wallets, on the environment and on our quality of life. Free download of this two-hour series.
Renewable energy (including low-carbon sources like solar and wind) is rapidly shifting to a higher profile sector of the way Americans derive electricity to power homes and workplaces.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Who was Francis of Assisi and why is he relevant to us today? What secrets do the mysteries of nature hold?
Charlie Starbuck, an affable tax attorney, single-handedly has increased the “canopy” of San Francisco by planting more than 7,500 trees, as part of the movement known as Friends of the Urban Forest.
Urban naturalist Mike Houck, based in Portland, Oregon, works to preserve the integrity of green spaces in cities because they provide access to nature “where people live” and also play an important ecological role.
As summer camp season begins, we travel to a program led by Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) where kids gather to learn, have fun and support each other in their quest for a more sustainable planet.