Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on October 25, 2007
Filed Under Green Report / Media
What happens when you combine the talents of a hard-hitting news reporter, a passionate lifelong conservationist and a brilliant neurosurgeon, all of whom count Emmys among their impressive lists of accomplishments? You get “Planet in Peril”, a two part, four hour documentary exploring the Earth’s most pressing environmental issues. Having aired in the United States on October 23rd and 24th, it will play worldwide on CNN International and will be available November 7th at Amazon, iTunes and Netflix.
This groundbreaking documentary is beautifully shot in high definition, spans five continents and 13 countries, and addresses the concerns of our ailing planet by breaking them down into four major issues: climate change, vanishing habitats, disappearing species, and human population growth.
Leading viewers through these important topics are Yale graduate Anderson Cooper, award-winning host of “Anderson Cooper 360“. His immersive and unorthodox reporting style has been seen on CNN since 2001. Along with Anderson, we have Jeff Corwin, the engaging and charismatic host of Animal Planet’s series “The Jeff Corwin Experience” and “Corwin’s Quest”. His style is as entertaining as it is informative and is sure to engage viewers with the depth of his knowledge; acquired from his active pursuit of conservation since the age of 14. Last but by no means least, we have Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for the Health and Medical Unit at CNN. Also on CNN since 2001, he can regularly be seen not only on “Anderson Cooper 360″, but also other CNN shows such as The Situation Room and Lou Dobbs Tonight. Along with being a first class journalist in his own right, this University of Michigan graduate is a practicing neurosurgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. These impressive pedigrees show the amount of importance that the producers at CNN feel the environmental topics merit.
The topics to be covered will include, but not be limited to, the effect of the rise in the Earth’s temperature, having gone up by one degree over the past 30 years. If you think that is not a lot, tune in and see the results of such a rise. The show will also cover the fact that 30% of the Earth’s surface is covered by forests. Sadly, however, an area four times the size of Switzerland disappears annually, this according to data derived from the U.S. Government. This shrinking habitat leads to the extinction of many species, to the tune of 70 different species a day. Let me restate that, 70 different species vanish daily from the planet. Finally, the show will delve into the effect of the human condition, and how our swelling population affects the earth. Our population has risen from 2.9 billion people to over 6.6 billion people in the past 50 years, and by 2050, that number, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, will grow overwhelmingly as large as 9 billion.
I share these statistics with you because, though bleak, there are many forms of hope on the horizon, and much that can be done to assist the planet. One form of hope comes in the way of knowledge, knowledge that will most assuredly be imparted by this important documentary. We the people must do our part to become educated as to the dangers that have beset Mother Earth, and to the ways that we can save this Planet in Peril.