(PRWEB) April 12, 2005
Around the globe, scientists are racing to solve a series of mysteries. Unsettling transformations are sweeping across the planet, and clue by clue, investigators around the world are assembling a new picture of Earth, discovering ways that seemingly disparate events are connected. Scientists suspect we have entered a time of global change swifter than any human being has ever witnessed. Where are we headed? What can we do to alter this course of events?
Learn how little changes in behavior can make big differences to the environment on "National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth" Web site. It provides easy-to-use tools for everyday people who want to take on issues from global warming to invasive species one personal challenge at a time.
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Make A Promise
Each day, people are promising little changes...with big results. Make a promise of your own. Learn simple, innovative solutions to environmental problems, from eating sustainable seafood to only planting native plants in your garden. Choose from a list of promises or write in your own idea and start making a difference today.
Visit An Interactive House
Want to know how actions in and around your own home can impact invasive species, global climate, top predators and toxins in your waterways? Take a virtual tour of a standard house, search for the 10 clues and see how everyday choices can cause unintended effects.
Take a peek at our growing database of ideas. Learn why you should make a change and how you can go about doing it. Have your own ideas? Add them to our list. When youÂve had the chance to try a few, rate the ones you like the best.
Tools You Can Use
Use our collection of cool online tools, culled from all over the Web to educate yourself on the causes, effects and solutions to the problems facing our environment. Calculate how much mercury enters your system based on your diet, visit a virtual market and see if you can find the sustainably-caught fish to make an environmentally friendly stew, check out the easy-to-use calculator to help homeowners determine how to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (also a calculator for businesses), or find the recommended native garden plants for your state.
Locate Programs In Your Neck Of The Woods
Use the map of our national consortium of Zoos, Aquariums and Science and Technology Centers to locate groups and organizations in your area and learn how you can participate in local activities that support the environment.
Educators Activities Guide
Download an in-depth activity guide to delve deeper into the topics covered in the documentary series. All content is peer-reviewed, correlated to national science education standards and conform to the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning (K-12).
"National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth" premieres on PBS April 20th (episode 1: Invaders, episode 2: The One Degree Factor) and April 27th (episode 3: Predators, episode 4: Troubled Waters). Check Local Listings.
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National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth is a Sea Studios Foundation Production for Vulcan Productions, Inc. and National Geographic Television & Film; WGBH Boston presents the series on PBS. Its executive producers are Mark Shelley and Nancy Burnett for Sea Studios Foundation, Richard Hutton for Vulcan Productions and Michael Rosenfeld for National Geographic Television & Film. David Elisco is the series producer.
Major funding for National GeographicÂs Strange Days on Planet Earth is provided by the National Science Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Motor Company and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Sea Studios Foundation was created to increase the public's understanding and participation in science and environmental issues. To meet its goal, the foundation produces projects based on a new strategy to integrate traditional forms of media, such as television, the Internet and informal learning institutions. Research is beginning to show that media integration can be an effective tool for moving people to awareness and then to action. The foundation was formed in 1996 as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, and it has offices in Monterey California. Since the foundation's inception, it has produced two international projects with National Geographic Television, "The Shape of Life" and "Strange Days on Planet Earth."
Founded in 1997 by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, Seattle-based Vulcan Productions devotes itself exclusively to producing independent films of unique vision and artistic quality. With projects such as Hard Candy, Far From Heaven, The Safety of Objects, The Blues, Evolution and Me & Isaac Newton, the company commits its talent and resources to creating films of substance and enduring significanceÂengaging audiences both intellectually and emotionally with storytelling that illuminates the human condition. For more information about Vulcan Productions, please visit http://www.vulcanproductions.com.
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Television & Film augments its award-winning documentary productions (122 Emmy Awards and more than 900 other industry awards) with feature films, large-format films, kidsÂ programming and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National GeographicÂs television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC and PBS, home video and DVD, and through international broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 220 million households in 26 languages in 148 countries. For more information about National Geographic Television & Film, log on to nationalgeographic.com, AOL Keyword: NatGeo.
WGBH Boston is AmericaÂs preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of one-third of PBSÂs primetime lineup and companion online content as well as many public radio favorites. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia (including the Web, broadband, and interactive television) and in technologies and services that make media accessible for people with disabilities. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards . . . even two Oscars. In 2002 WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for fifty years of excellence. For more information visit http://www.wgbh.org.