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Episode 1: Towards a green economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic

As Latin American faces rebuilding their economies from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, the calls for economies to transition to green are louder than ever. Argentina is one country where the green movement is gradually gaining momentum. Learn more. 

 

 

Episode 2: Educators work to improve climate change literacy

Teachers in the U.S. say making students “climate literate” is essential for a generation that will face the effects of climate change in years to come. However, the politicization of the climate debate threatens to hold back the country’s efforts to fight global warming.

 

 

Episode 3: Explained: The history and meaning of Earth Day

Thursday marks Earth Day, an annual event aimed at highlighting efforts to protect our planet.

Since its inception more than half a century ago, the pressures on the environment have become more severe – as has the need to save it.

CGTN’s Gerald Tan reports.

 

 

Episode 4: Colombia’s government struggles to fight environmental destruction

Colombian legislators are working to pass a bill that will help fine those responsible for damaging the environment. But experts say much more is needed to help right environmental wrongs.

CGTN’s Michelle Begue reports.

 

 

Episode 5: Cuba pushes ongoing environment-friendly initiatives

Cuba is marking Earth Day with ongoing environment-friendly initiatives which favor healthy interaction between man and Mother Nature.

CGTN’s Luis Chirino reports.

 

 

Episode 6: Pinheiros River cleanup

For decades the people of São Paulo – Brazil’s biggest city – have been hearing about project​s to clean up the ​long-polluted Pinheiros River. But ​today, they’re finally ​seeing some signs of progress.  Environmentalists however warn that much more still needs to be done to restore health to the Pinheiros.  Our correspondent Paulo Cabral has this report.

 

 

Episode 7:  Sean Callebs lessons learned, climate change in Louisiana

Louisiana is at the epicenter of what could be landmark improvements, and a significant improvement in the effort to restore its marshes along the coast. A 50-billion dollar plan. The state run program would divert a significant portion of the Mississippi River, so sediment rich water is once again funneled into wetlands that are being destroyed. As the world focuses on climate change, CGTN’s Sean Callebs takes a look at how Louisiana got to this point and what change could mean.

 

 

Episode 8:  Most vulnerable groups bear the brunt in New Orleans

Around the world, when it comes to climate change, the elderly and the poor ​arguably suffer more than ​most other group​s. This is especially true in the U.S. Gulf Coast state of Louisiana. Nearly 16-years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, ​ultimately claiming more than 1,800 lives. But right now in Louisiana, days are getting hotter, and storms more brutal and the highly vulnerable demographic is growing more and more concerned as weather patterns get more unpredictable.

 

 

Episode 9: Louisiana’s seafood industry depends on a healthy coastline

Louisiana, perhaps the U.S. state suffering most from climate change, has an ambitious 50-billion-dollar plan, to slow the destruction of its coastal wetlands. But this widely heralded effort would come at a cost.

Thousands of fishermen, oystermen, shrimpers, and those who harvest crab could be put out of business. It’s a multi-billion dollar dilemma as CGTN’s Sean Callebs explains.

 

 

Episode 10: Mexico brings the handmade touch to high-tech cars

Attitudes towards the environment are ​ever-changing, as people seek greener solutions to preserve the planet. And ​one measure of that is the growing popularity of electric cars. 

In Mexico, one ​innovative car company is seeking to tackle not only the country’s environmental problems, but important social issues at the same time. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports.

 

Episode 11: Louisiana aiming to fix wetlands with ‘river divergence’

Louisiana is gaining international attention for a costly plan that would slow the massive destruction of its coastal wetlands.

It is a 50-billion-dollar measure, that would be phased in over the next half century.

The cornerstone of the Coastal Restoration plan would divert a large chunk of the mighty Mississippi River into the bayous– the hope is, the river would breathe new life into the marshes by depositing sediment.

It’s considered the first real battle against climate change for the U.S. this century. But, there is a drawback. CGTN’s Sean Callebs explains what’s at stake.

 
Episode 12: How is laundry contributing to plastic pollution?

With each load of laundry in a washing machine, millions of microfibers come off our clothes. They are tiny strands of plastics, almost invisible to the naked eye. They mainly come from synthetic fabrics like polyester, fleece, rayon, and nylon.

U.S. scientists estimate that 2.9 million tonnes of microfibers have been emitted from a combination of hand and machine washing between 1950 and 2016. Learn more.