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Arise: Women Protecting The Environment

(Earth Focus: Episode 42) A look at the award-winning film "Arise!" and its documentation of the intellectual and spiritual insights that women from around the world bring to solving today's environmental challenges. Mother/daughter filmmakers Lori Joyce, Candace Orlando, and executive producer Molly Ross reflect on the making of the film.

The episode also profiles four outstanding women environmental leaders: Winona La Duke, executive director of Honor the Earth and founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project at White Earth Reservation in Minnesota; Vandana Shiva, co-director of Navdanya, a movement to protect the diversity of living resources—especially native seed—based in Dehra Dun, India; Majora Carter, an environmental justice advocate from New York City and founder of Sustainable South Bronx; and environmental health analyst, Dr. Theo Coburn, founder and president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, based in Paonia, Colorado.

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Adaptation to Global Water Shortages

Anticipating future water needs, two regions on opposite sides of the world turn to technology for answers. Western Morocco, near the Sahara Desert, is currently facing unprecedented drought and groundwater mismanagement. But an ancient method of gathering moisture from fog is being taught to 13 villages, allowing people to have a level of local control over their most basic need. In Central Valley, California, the food basket of the world uses nearly 80 percent of the entire state's water supply.

Future of Food

Communities and innovators all over the world are creating new sustainable food sources that are resilient to climate change and growing populations. In Madagascar, we see how villagers are closing off marine areas to allow the fish supply to replenish at a natural pace. In San Diego, California, aquaculturists are exploring open ocean farming as a more sustainable model for the fishing industry.

Urban Habitat

With so much biodiversity in the highly urban area of Los Angeles, species are thriving despite human interference, and in some cases because of it.

Toxic Environments: Us and China

Fracking Hell, an original joint investigative report by LinkTV and the Ecologist Film Unit, exposes unregulated interstate radioactive waste dumping in the US. Waste from Pennsylvania gas wells, that may contain dangerous levels of radium 226 and other toxins, is routinely dumped in New York, Ohio and West Virginia, where it poses a potential threat to the drinking water supply of millions. The report explores the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation in the Allegheny Plateau, which contains enough natural gas to supply all US gas needs for fourteen years.

Sea Level Rising: Living With Water

Louisiana still is learning from Hurricane Katrina. Forecasts are dire for Louisiana to experience the second-highest sea level rise in the world. There is a big movement brewing in New Orleans to build adaptive "resilience zones." In Southeast Louisiana, the native peoples of the Isle de Jean Charles have become the first U.S citizens moving within their homeland displaced by climate change.

Climate Migration

Populations are dramatically shifting as climate change drives migration. Droughts and floods are driving many people away from their rural, farming communities into big cities. We see how this is manifesting in Mongolia and examine the factors leading to the new community of Haitian people living in limbo at the border between Mexico and the U.S.