PROGRAMS FOR #WORLDENVIRONMENTDAY

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World Environment Day occurs on the 5th of June every year, and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

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Do you wonder if you’re making a difference? Do you make sure you put your recyclables in the right place? Do you cycle to work? Or drive a hybrid?

I wonder if my choices make a difference, I recycle what I can, try to buy foods with less packaging and clothes that are made from the greenest fibers.

But can I just 1 in 7 billion make a difference?

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With veganism on the rise, ethical businesses booming and the shift to renewables is really changing the world. Will they be enough?

Here are a few programs that have been requested by Australian teachers for their content to start a conversation about the environment and how we can individually and collectively make a difference.

Sonic Sea

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.

Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.

Watch the full documentary here

Parched

Water is so essential to life that we cannot survive without it for more than three days. But its limited. On Earth, only 3% of our water is fresh, with less than 1% available for human use. The other 2% is locked inside the Poles. Today, with over a billion people lacking access to clean drinking water, we are finally being forced to confront a stark reality: a future where, in many parts of the world, fresh water is scarce, expensive, and out of our hands. PARCHED is a feature documentary and four episodes that takes a character-driven and investigative approach to find out who really controls water in this country — and in the world.

Watch all 4 Episodes here

Years of Living Dangerously

This Emmy-winning series follows celebrity correspondents around the world, to witness first-hand the effects of climate change on our planet and to learn how we can save it for future generations.

2 seasons available on TV4Education here

Before the Flood (2016)

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Watch it now on TV4Education

Food Inc (2009)

An unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry.

Watch it now on TV4Education

Waste Land (2010)

Waste Land” is an award winning documentary by director Lucy Walker – An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

Watch it now on TV4Education

The Age of Consequences

‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Watch it now on TV4Education

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

Geography Week – a global ticket from your classroom

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Wild Hawaii – Land of fire

Explore the fiery heart of Hawaii — from volcanic eruptions spewing rivers of molten lava to spiders that smile, fish that climb and turtles that bury secrets in a landscape that defies expectations. Learn about the monster at Hawaii’s molten core, Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. See how Hawaii’s creatures have evolved to be different from their cousins the world over. Finally, we show how 95 percent of the flora on these islands does not exist anywhere else in the world.

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Travel Man – Iceland

Richard and Jessica Hynes explore the wild and wanton scenery of Iceland. Find out more about the places they visited.

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Travel Man – Istanbul

Richard and comedian Adam Hills get a massage, a very close shave, and do some haggling.

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Travel Man – Marrakech

Richard and Stephen Mangan eat steamed sheep’s head and go camel riding in the desert.

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Nature’s Microworlds – Galapagos

A visit to arguably the most famous archipelago on Earth, the Galapagos. It’s home to a myriad of bizarre and unique creatures, endemic to these islands – but how did they get here and what is the key to these extraordinary islands that allows them to thrive? 

east capeThe East Cape

The East Coast of New Zealand is a spectacular coast blessed in stunning beauty. Lonely shores are strewn with driftwood, while picture postcard sandy bays lure just a handful of visitors.

wild britainWild Britain – January To March

This enchanting series that reveals why Britain’s climate is so unique and why the country’s relationship with its wildlife is so enduring and so special.

wild arabiaWILD ARABIA – Sand, Wind and Stars

Revealing the astonishing landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and remarkable people found in the vast region of Arabia, which stands at the crossroads of three continents.

cool japanCOOL JAPAN – WINTER

Convenience stores are lined with winter edition products, and the changing of kotatsu, futons, and even tableware in households for the winter is a wintry scene unique to Japan. A foreign guest visits the location of anglerfish, the king of winter food loved by the Japanese. 

urban lifeExploration India – Urban Life

What is life like in urban India? Join a team of 13 year olds as they travel from the UK to learn about life as a teenager in their native land.

Popular Videos – what are other schools watching?

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Ever wondered what programs other schools in Australia are watching? Take a look at Mays most downloaded programs across Australia by clicking on the image below.

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The brain will get you thinking!

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TED-ED – What if we could look inside human Brains?

The brain is what makes us function, yet we understand so little about how it works. We are learning more about the brain by using new technology to monitor epilepsy patients during surgery. Moran Cerf explains the process doctors use to explore the brain further.

Click HERE to watch.

TEDTALKS – Ellen Jorgensen – Biohacking

Ellen is on the leading edge of the do-it-yourself biotech movement. Genspace in a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology.

BREAKTHROUGH – MORE THAN HUMAN

Scientific advancements are challenging the concept of what it means to be human. In the near future, enhancing the human body with technology could lead to the next stage of our evolution.

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The Brain China – Season Premier

The Brain is a talent show that celebrates gifted minds and incredible skills of extraordinary men, women, and children. In each episode, seven contestants must perform mental and physical challenges that are impossible for the everyday person, such as solving a series of Rubiks Cube completely blindfolded in under five minutes.

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The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman

Six one-hour episodes that tell the story of the inner workings of the brain and take viewers on a visually spectacular journey into why they feel and think the things they do.

Click HERE to watch.

Brain Games – Life of the Brain

Jason Silva heads to the New Jersey Shore to see where your brain started as a baby where it is going as an adult and into old age.

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Ted-Ed Lessons a Ted Talks Initiative

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Did you know that you can find all your favourite Ted Talks in one place? TV4Education Plus now also off video lessons from the Ted-Ed Lesson range.

View them all HERE. Or take a look at a few of our favourites…

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Shakespearean dating tips by Anthony John Peters

Beyond giving the world dozens of English language masterpieces and inventing countless words (including the word countless), William Shakespeare, ever the overachieving bard, especially had a way with the romantic turn of phrase. Anthony John Peters explains why Shakespeare’s coy use of metaphor was so effective — and may just help you get a date today.

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Diagnosing a zombie: Brain and body by Tim Verstynen & Bradley Voytek

Zombies eat brains. They are also, like all of us, driven by brain functions. What is happening in their brains to make them act as they do? In this intriguing dialogue, Tim Verstynen & Bradley Voytek apply the various human medical possibilities that make zombies…zombies.

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How tsunamis work by Alex Gendler.

The immense swell of a tsunami can grow up to 100 feet, hitting speeds over 500 mph — a treacherous combination for anyone or anything in its path. Alex Gendler details the causes of these towering terrors and explains how scientists are seeking to reduce their destruction in the future.

Oh Sugar

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Between obesity, type 2 diabetes, hidden sugars, natural sugars, and artificial sugar, staying healthy can be a challenge – but not impossible when you are well informed.

Find out how to spot hidden sugar, know the difference between natural and artificial sugars and know what sugar does to each and every part of your body.

Is Sugar The New Fat

Host Nigel Latta looks into the question of whether too much sugar can be dangerous for you. Some scientists believe sugar is a big contributor to a worldwide obesity and diabetes crisis. #SBSDoco

That Sugar Film

THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.

Sugar – Hiding in plain sight

While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect — including peanut butter, pasta sauce and even bologna! Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar’s many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its way into our diets.

Fat Vs Sugar

This documentary looks at what sugar and fat do to the human body and which of these is worse. Twin doctors Chris and Xand Van Tullekan put their own bodies on the line for this experiement. #SBSdoco

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