Dear Dr. Robert J. R. Elliott, As the author of leading environmental blog 'globalisation and the environment', I thought you may be interested in CNN’s upcoming environmental documentary, Planet in Peril, and have access to previews
before it airs next week.
How could we resist. More seriously, having checked it out, the CNN planet peril website is an excellent resource in its own right. There are links for educators, that include worksheets, PDFs, a quiz and short videos covering issues such as deforestation, over population, global warming and biodiversity.
The whole launch has been well thought out, planned and executed.
CNN Student News Learning Activity: Climate Change
Warming World [Video]
About the show:
CNN takes viewers around the world in a two-part, four-hour documentary that examines our changing planet. This worldwide investigation, shot in high definition, looks at four key issues: climate change, vanishing habitats, disappearing species and human population growth.
To tell this story, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin traveled to some of the most remote and remarkable places on Earth. From exposing illegal wildlife trading undercover in Southeast Asia to seeing first–hand the devastating effects of deforestation in Brazil, they have gathered evidence on the unsettling changes taking place all around us.
Planet in Peril premieres October 24 and 25 at 1300 or 1900 GMT to watch this important documentary on CNN International.
On the surface then this looks like an excellent contribution and CNN's global reach should ensure it reaches plenty of homes especially in the US where there remains a great deal of environmental scepticism. The proof of the pudding will as always be in the eating. How many factual errors and bad science traps have CNN fallen into? Has this 4 hour documentary been spun to make the US government a good guy or a bad guy? Will the show be all glossy locations and no analysis?
Time will tell - the previews offered on the website might also give us a clue.