An on-campus screening will give guests a first look first look at the latest episodes of “Earth Focus,” an environmental news magazine produced as part of a collaboration between KCET and UCLA. The event celebrates the recent launch of the series’ new season and includes the first showing of the final episode.
UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, in collaboration with the public television station KCET, has helped shape the original series. “Earth Focus,” now in its second season, explores climate change’s effects on the environment and people using in-depth, investigative reporting to examine how communities are adapting. This season places a special focus on supply and demand.
For example, the three half-hour episodes airing at the event focus on how indigenous groups are organizing against the illegal lumber trade in the Brazilian Amazon, how communities in Kenya are turning to camel milk to maintain dairy farms despite historic drought, and, in the premiere of the season’s final episode, how teams of California scientists and volunteers are protecting ocean species from an invasion of sea urchins.
The screening of three new episodes takes place at 7:30 tonight on campus, followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker David Grabias, Juan Devis, Earth Focus Executive Producer Juan Devis, and Executive Director of The Bay Foundation Tom Ford. UCLA’s Jon Christensen, LENS co-founder who served as a consulting producer on “Earth Focus,” will moderate the discussion.