A journey to planet earth

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What is the media's role in spreading messages related to specific causes? What issue or issues do you feel strongly about? Both programs are hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winner Matt Damon.

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What got you interested in that topic -- TV, a celebrity, a movie, hearing people talk about it? Families can talk about activism. With filming on location from Israel to Iowa, Bangladesh to the Basins of the Rio Grande and the Amazon, Nairobi to Pennsylvania, "The State of the Planet" crisscrosses the globe to visit places where environmental successes have occurred as well as cities and villages where the quality of life continues to decline.

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That said, the target audience is obviously westerners, who might not feel a connection to starving families affected by drought in Africa, but who might empathize with a Texan farmer who watches as his grapefruit trees are ripped out of the ground because there's not enough water to irrigate them. With filming on location from Israel to Iowa, Bangladesh to the Basins of the Rio Grande and the Amazon, Nairobi to Pennsylvania, "The State of the Planet" crisscrosses the globe to visit places where environmental successes have occurred as well as cities and villages where the quality of life continues to decline. While celebrating the elegance of diversity and the rich tapestry of the natural world, this year's special explores how population and economic pressures affect that world and its resources such as water and food. Add your rating What's the story? But parents may want to caution younger viewers against taking a patronizing attitude toward people in developing countries and emphasize the steps these people have taken to improve their own condition. As one episode ends, Damon speaks over the image of a giraffe grazing: "In the end, what we want is for first light to still reveal the rich tapestry of the natural world" -- the screen then shows the smiling face of a young African boy -- "and every child born into poverty to share the same dreams we in the west so often take for granted. What do you think producers want the show to accomplish? While all of the topics the series tackles are of immense importance, Journey to Planet Earth suffers from a touch of melodrama and a slightly patronizing tone when talking about people in developing countries. Both programs are hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winner Matt Damon. In tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue, the Center informs actionable ideas for Congress, the administration, and the broader policy community.
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