Friday, January 29 | 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?
Activists Fight Against Fracked Gas in Low-Income Black and Brown Communities
Episode Description: Activists are fighting to stop a fracked gas pipeline from running through their predominantly Black and brown neighborhood The North Brooklyn Pipeline is a 7-mile pipeline under construction by National Grid. It’s projected to bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York, running through public housing, low-income, and predominantly Black and brown communities. Neighborhoods like Bushwick already have some of the city’s highest rates of asthma. Activists argue that the pipeline will do more environmental damage while increasing their utility costs. Research shows that poor and minority communities are disproportionately exposed to higher levels of environmental hazards due in part to discriminatory housing policies. Activists have collected 12,000 signatures, urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to pull permits on the pipeline and invest in renewable energy.
Baby Rhino Rescued and Reunited with Mother
Episode Description: This 4-week-old rhino was rescued from a ditch and reunited with its mom Wildlife ACT’s Izzy Rowles was doing routine monitoring with expert rhino tracker Zama Ncube in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, South Africa, when they heard the cries of a 4-week-old rhino calf. The baby had fallen into a ditch with no way to get out, while her mother was nearby in distress. Rowles and Ncube improvised with makeshift leashes and blindfolds to help the calf, but their ropes snapped. Ncube ultimately jumped in to safely guide the rhino out. ‘You feel like a hero,’ Ncube says. ‘And you just wish that everyone should learn and see the importance of doing that for the future of living creatures all over the world.’ #KeepWildlifeACTive:
Episode Description: Founder of Rock the Bike Paul Freedman recently used his power-generating bicycle to keep his refrigerator running through the CA blackouts. Paul Freedman founded Rock the Bike in 2005. The company sells power-generating bicycles and runs pedal-powered events and concerts where all stage equipment is powered by people on bikes. When wildfires hit California, leaving the state facing mass power outages, people were able to use Rock the Bike’s products to power battery backup generators to keep the lights on. ‘That’s an inspiring experience,’ Freedman says.
How to Dispose of Clothes Responsibly
Episode Description: The average American throws away 80 lbs of clothing every year. Whether you want to resell, donate, or recycle, here’s how to get rid of your clothes in an eco-friendly way.