Channel Surfing: Planet Earth

by Jen

-Our planet and all who inhabit it.

Our world is a fascinating place. No matter who you are and where you live, you’re surrounded by the wonders of nature. You can probably pick out a wild animal that can captures your attention no matter what. The problem, however, is that the wildness of our world is in jeopardy. Thanks to misuse, and an overabundance of people, Earth is losing bits and pieces of the vital tapestry that sustains life. It’s easy to ignore. We’ve all done it. But the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) wants us to stop and see the world in a whole new way. They’ve even done the legwork for us.

Over the course of five years, the BBC and The Discovery Channel went around the world to show us the landscapes of our planet. From the poles, to the deepest parts of the ocean you’re introduced to wildlife in an amazing way. You see how animals survive their surroundings, and how varied the weather can be from place to place. What’s special here is that this isn’t just another nature show. It’s mesmerizing in it’s clarity of purpose, and it gives its message in an easy to understand way. This show will touch your heart, and it’s my belief you should let it. There’s nothing bad that could come from it.

Over the course of 11 episodes, which are narrated by Sigourney Weaver, different habitats will be explored for an hour. There is no language issues, but it might be hard to watch animals hunting. Thankfully, it’s not gory. It’s just straightforward. Considering the subject matter, perhaps that’s how it should be.

Planet Earth can be seen on the Science Channel, and you can explore the website to learn more here.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering? The animal in the picture is my favorite member of the wild lands of the world. It’s an Amur Leopard, and unfortunately there are only 30 left in the wild. Hopefully though, if all of us work together the Amur Leopard and other endangered species can find a new foothold in an aware world.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
indigojenn at earthlink dot net
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Anonymous January 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm

We watch these as a family and discuss just how amazing the Earth and all creation really is. My boys love nature and these documentaries give them a chance to see places they might not ever see in real life. (No missions to the North pole, yet!) Favorite scene in our house? The Great White Shark catching a seal, simply beacause it was an event that took all of 1 second and they caught it on film in slow-motion. (Poor seal).


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