Thursday, January 28 | 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST (12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EST)
Duration: 30 min
Series description: The NowThis Earth series was produced in collaboration with NowThis, the #1 most-watched mobile news brand globally. Check in for daily updates focusing on comprehensive coverage of human impact on our planet.
NowThis’ original series, One Small Step, aims to make the climate crisis personal by empowering and educating our young audience to take small steps toward helping solve climate change. One Small Step’s hopeful tone turns viewers’ fear into power — with each episode, our goal is to show that we can make a big difference with the choices we make every day. We break down the issue of waste and sustainability piece by piece to answer one of the most important questions facing the world today: How do we save our planet?
Mushroom Fiber Coffins are an Eco-Friendly Alternative
Episode Description: These mushroom fiber coffins are much more eco-friendly alternative to traditional burials Living Cocoon is a coffin made from mycelium, a fiber that grows underground and acts as the ‘root’ of fungi. Bodies rest on a bed made of moss to help them decompose in an environmentally friendly way. The fibers neutralize toxins from the body and convert them into nutrients for the soil.
Saving Nara’s Sacred Deer with Edible ‘Plastic’ Bags
Episode Description: Japanese locals are saving Nara’s world-famous deer population with these edible ‘plastic’ bags. In 2019, 9 deer from Japan’s Nara Park were found dead with plastic waste in their stomachs, one with 9.5 pounds of trash. A Japanese entrepreneur teamed up with a design firm and paper manufacturer to create a new type of bag that’s safe for the deer to eat. These bags are made from recycled milk carton pulp and rice bran. 6 local businesses are using the bags as part of a trial. Nara Park’s deer are believed to be divine messengers and are one of the main tourism attractions in the area.
Episode Description: The largest marine sanctuary in the Atlantic Ocean, which is home to an abundance of rare wildlife, is now a protected no-take zone. The archipelago Tristan da Cunha is creating the largest marine protection area in the Atlantic Ocean, covering 700,000 square kilometers of water. Here, harmful activities like deep-sea mining and bottom-trawling fishing will be banned. Tristan da Cunha is home to 270 island residents, as well as rare wildlife such as the Southern right whale, the broadnosed sevengill shark, the Atlantic yellow-nose albatross, the sub-Antarctic fur seal, and the northern rockhopper penguin.
Episode Description: Your makeup might be killing sharks. Here’s how you can make better choices (warning: distressing images) An estimated 100 million sharks are killed annually, a portion of which are killed simply for the oil in their livers, called squalene. The most desirable squalene comes from deep-sea sharks, which are also among the most vulnerable of species. The global cosmetics industry is still largely supplied with shark-driven squalene. But this oil can also be extracted from plants such as olives, wheat, and rice. ‘Cruelty-free’ labels on cosmetic products can be misleading, so it’s up to consumers to make a difference.
Episode Description: This farming method uses fish poop to fertilize crops, feed urban communities, and protect the planet At Oko Farms, produce is grown through a process called aquaponics, where freshwater fish are raised in one tank and their waste is transported to another that contains crops, fertilizing them. The plants clean the water as they absorb the fertilizer, and the clean water is then recycled back into the fish tank. ‘Aquaponics is biomimicry,’ explains Yemi Amu, the founder and director of Oko Farms. ‘We’re copying what nature does.’ The cyclical process doesn’t let anything go to waste, and some crops end up growing up to 3 times faster than if they were planted in soil. Aquaponics places producers closer to consumers, allowing farms to feed urban communities, while conserving water and protecting the planet. At Oko Farms, the team uses approximately 80 percent less water than traditional soil methods.
Episode Description: Tires can shed more than 3 million tons of microplastic per year. This device aims to capture and recycle some of that dust Car tires are a major source of microplastic pollution in our oceans, shedding more than 3 million tons per year. The Tyre Collective is working to reduce the amount of microplastics in our waterways with a device that uses electrostatics and airflow to capture up to 60% of tire dust. This not only protects waterways but also stops particles from becoming airborne and affecting our lungs. The dust can then be recycled into ink, used in 3D printing, or in new tires.
Episode Description: Approx 40% of the world’s plants are at risk of extinction, according to a new report A new report from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (‘State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2020’) analyzed the human use of plants and species that could be lost forever. The report found that approximately 40% of the world’s plants are at risk of extinction. Plants typically become extinct from loss of natural vegetation through deforestation, urbanization, and human over-dependence on a limited number of crops.
Episode Description: Approx 7 million people die from air pollution every year. This car maps the danger zones in big cities California-based Aclima uses a low emissions vehicle equipped with air quality sensing technology to measure and map air pollutants and greenhouse gas levels in different cities. The car tests for fine particulates, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide at various times of the day and night to locate hotspots and identify areas that need to reduce emissions.
Why Zero Waste Grocery Shopping Matters
Episode Description: Shopping for food can be one of the most wasteful parts of our lives. Here are some tips and tricks for going waste-free at the grocery store