GREENPLANS is a PBS video documentary showing us how some countries are already
moving beyond conflict and toward solutions in what we often inappropriately
cast-up as environment/industry impasse. I've put together a one-page
announcement. GREENPLANS is refreshing and hopeful. Watch for it! Dave.
If you feel emotionally drained by recent events and blinded by daily American
news coverage of conflict, violence, and impasse you might want to watch for an
upcoming PBS video titled "GREENPLANS." In this one-hour documentary to be
shown on several Western U.S. PBS stations tomorrow, producers John de Graaf
and Jack Hamann search the globe for solutions to our environment/industry
impasse. They set the stage by examining conflict in the Pacific Northwest
over "Owls," "Old Growth" and "Logging". They ask whether better solutions
might be found to what ought not have been an impasse in the first place --
since rightfully we humans should be searching for ways to make our work and
our play compatible with the environment that nurtures our very existence.
-- A Video of Hope for Earth Day --
In GREENPLANS, we find that solutions to our current impasse are being worked
on in many places around the globe, including here in the US. But the
producers were so impressed with what is happening in Holland and New Zealand
that they spend most of the hour discussing the vast cultural and institutional
changes wrought in those two countries after governments and the people decided
to look "long-term" toward sustainability. In both countries law, government
administration, commerce, education, and the role of watch-dog groups in
effective government have been changed dramatically to get beyond conflict.
Near the end of the hour we return to the United States to begin to see what
might be done here. Despite recent events here in the U.S. we can find hope to
get beyond impasse, and that hope is found by engaging people in the process of
both defining a sustainable future and developing means to get there.
GREENPLANS can be seen in the San Francisco, Seattle, and Idaho PBS markets
around earth day. The schedules are as follows:
- Idaho: Saturday, April 22nd 12:00 Noon Mt. Time and 11:00 AM Pacific Time
- Seattle: Saturday, April 22nd 9:00 PM, repeat Sunday at 10:30
- San Francisco: Tuesday, April 25th 9:00 PM.
GREENPLANS is also to be a centerpiece for an upcoming "Environmental Film
Festival in the Nations Capital." It be shown at 6:30 PM May 8th at George
Washington University, with introductions by US Ambassadors from both Holland
and New Zealand.
Finally, GREENPLANS will be featured at President Clinton's Council on
Sustainable Development meeting in late-April in San Francisco.
GREENPLANS, a video produced by John de Graaf (an independent producer
affiliated with KCTS Seattle (PBS)) and Jack Hamann (a CNN
correspondent/producer also based in Seattle). It can be obtained from
THE VIDEO PROJECT, Oakland, CA. (1-800-475-2638 (1-800-4-PLANET))
$80/copy government rates. Or ask your local PBS station to show GREENPLANS in
Also: "Greenplans: Greenprint for Sustainability" is a new book by Huey
Johnson, Univ. of Nebraska Press, now available in many bookstores.
Also: Green Plans: The Web site.