Earth Focus | Link TV
In partnership with KCETLink, the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) at the University of California, Los Angeles has launched a year-long collaboration to develop models and media for reporting environmental stories.
The first storyline focuses on the past, present and possible futures of Taylor Yard. Once a hub for Southern Pacific Railroad’s freight trains, Taylor Yard is now an undeveloped and still-contaminated site adjacent to the L.A. River. The articles, interactive web features, and a documentary short written and produced by faculty and graduate students address how decisions about the future of Taylor Yard and development along the L.A. River are wrapped up in larger questions about what the future of Los Angeles should look like — and who gets a voice in determining these outcomes.
The first storyline under the year-long KCETLink/LENS partnership focuses on the past, present and possible futures of Taylor Yard, an undeveloped and still-contaminated site adjacent to the L.A. River.
The "Earth Focus" episode "Vanishing Coral" uncovers the devastating effects of coral bleaching and what people around the world are doing to protect coral reefs.
One of the most diverse and complex ecosystems on the planet, coral reefs provide livelihoods, food and important shoreline protection in many regions. Though they make up less than 1 percent of the oceans, reefs are home to 25 percent of all fish and other marine life. Today ocean temperatures are rising dangerously, causing bleaching of two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Scientists warn that all coral in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean could disappear in the next 20 years.
“Vanishing Coral” presents the personal story of scientists and naturalists who are working with local communities to protect coral reefs that are being destroyed by warming seas, pollution, and destructive fishing practices. Featured are Abigail Alling, president of the Biosphere Foundation; marine biologist and coral expert Phil Dustan; Mark Van Thillo, Captain of the research sailing vessel Mir; as well as Nono Suparno and Ketut Sutama, leading conservationists in Bali, Indonesia.
Coral reef populations are declining at a rapid pace in the wake of climate change. In honor of Earth Day, KCETLink is exploring coral reefs, one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth.
KCET and Link TV are excited to announce the second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival, launching during Earth Day weekend.
A private opening night reception featuring the West Coast premiere of "Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story," is followed by a full day of environmental films on Sat., April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Santa Monica’s Laemmle Monica Film Center Theater (1332 Second St., Santa Monica, CA 90401). The event is open to the public, featuring four acclaimed films followed by a screening of two all-new episodes of KCET and Link TV's "Earth Focus."
Browse through this page to learn more about the films, how to get tickets and our sponsors and partners in making this festival possible.
In 2017, KCET and Link TV launched the first film festival in Los Angeles dedicated entirely to environmental issues called the Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival.