Jennie Turner Garlington wants to share the message that each and every person’s actions can help save the earth. So she developed a PSA series 10 years ago that received such high acclaim it became an ongoing, Emmy-winning series. Four new episodes premiere this April for Earth Month on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET, April 13 through May 4.
“Environmental health does not have to be expensive or time consuming,” Jennie says. “I created ‘EcoSense for Living’ to give tips and techniques that anyone can use every day to improve the eco-health of their own local community and the world. I also profile individuals who are making an impact through remarkable and inspiring local and global eco-initiatives.”
As an environmental media champion, Atlanta native, former CNN producer, mother and concerned citizen, Jennie continues to raise awareness, spur discussion and offer tips for everyday ways to save the environment. “I’m really encouraged the public is embracing EcoSense for Living in Georgia and across the country because that means saving the environment is becoming a higher priority for everyone,” Jennie said. “In many cases, it’s pretty easy to keep yourself – and your children – more healthy with just a little education. My goal with EcoSense for Living is for everyone to learn the many, simple ways they can improve our world.”
Topics of the four new episodes of EcoSense for Living include planting urban gardens and shopping for non-GMO food, how the decline of bees impacts food sources, how to reduce our carbon footprint to impact climate change, and tomorrow’s “eco-heroes” who are out to save the earth. The new episodes are:
- EcoSense for Living: Take Back the Farm, episode 7, takes a close look at the changing ways we think about and consume food. The episode includes profiles of Ron Finley, a “renegade” urban gardener in south central Los Angeles; Will Harris, a South Georgia farmer and owner of White Oak Pastures; and Paul Tukey, author and organic lawn expert who offers surprising revelations about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. Corey Moser, farm manager at Burge Plantation, details how anyone can be part of the change by planting an heirloom garden using seeds from existing crops. Airs Monday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
- EcoSense for Living: Food Fight, episode 8, looks at genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and ingredients as well as the rapid decline of bees, both of which are among the many pressures on the safety and security of America’s food supply. “Rich Food, Poor Food” authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, reveal how smart choices at the grocery store can avoid unwanted ingredients. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of “Wheat Belly,” discusses surprising results after some patients removed wheat from their diets; wheat-free food blogger Ayla Wilt echoes these findings. Bee experts detail how synthetic ingredients are responsible for the decline by up to 70% of some bee populations and the episode concludes by offering five ways the every day person can help save the bees. Airs Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
- EcoSense for Living: Power Pioneers – Reducing Our Carbon Footprint, episode 9, affirms that 97% of scientists agree that global climate change is a troubling reality and looks at creative grassroots solutions including how West Liberty, one small Kentucky town, rebuilt after being wiped out by tornadoes. The episode also takes an inside look at how Chicago is reassessing its energy mix and profiles new, innovative transportation options including choosing electric cars or clean energy over coal, all emerging choices that present changes the everyday person can make for big impact. Airs Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
- EcoSense for Living: Young Eco Heroes, episode 10, focuses on the next generation of environmentalists who are passionate, capable and already making a difference in wildlife preservation, climate change reversal and healthy ocean policies. Carter and Olivia Ries, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Sean Russell and Maeve Snyder are just a few of the young people profiled in this episode. They are meeting with world leaders, developing local campaigns and taking the environmental future into their own hands in surprising and creative ways that promise to positively impact their peers and the earth for years to come. Airs Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.