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September Environmental Program on KBDI-12

DENVER – August 26, 2009 – Throughout the month of September, KBDI-12 will air eight episodes of the award-winning series Natural Heroes.  Boasting a plethora of awards including three Emmys, three Tellys and an Insight award, Natural Heroes stresses the idea that one person truly can make a difference for our environment. 

Below is a description of the upcoming September episodes and air-times on KBDI-12:

Natural Heroes: Fruit Tree Tour- Traveling in a veggie oil-powered caravan, 25 earth educators teach students about sustainable ecology through a day long program that includes West African agricultural drumming and earth-conscious hip-hop, planting over 1000 fruit trees at urban schools.  Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. and 12 (midnight) AND Friday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.

Natural Heroes: Coffee to g A Fair Trade Story- Why are 25 million coffee farmers impoverished while we spend more and more for our coffee? What is the difference between Free Trade and Fair Trade? This film explores the answers to these questions and many more. Hear from experts, students, coffee lovers, and from the coffee farmers themselves and learn how their lives and ours are inextricably joined.  Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. AND Friday, Sept. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Natural Heroes: Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness- Known as the “Thoreau of the American West,” Edward Abbey, author and essayist is noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies. Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness is a biography of Edward Abbey as remembered by his family and friends.  Friday, Sept 11 at 2 p.m.

Natural Heroes: Texas Gold- Diane Wilson - mother of five, fourth generation fisherwoman, and self-proclaimed “unreasonable woman” uses hunger strikes and civil disobedience to battle the giants of the petro-chemical industry in the most toxic place in America. Surviving imprisonment, surveillance and harassment, Diane believes that putting your life at risk is when change happens.  Friday, Sept 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Natural Heroes: Wings Over the Wild- Sometimes a bird's-eye view makes all the difference. Wings is a visual journey into the missions of volunteer pilots that fly for a conservation aviation organization. Flying Cessnas over the vibrant and threatened landscapes of Central America, this film celebrates the belief that we all can make a difference. Friday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.

Natural Heroes: Watershed Heroes- From grade schoolers to commercial fishermen, people from all walks of life are taking environmental stewardship seriously. Whether they're fighting to get lead out of a school's drinking water or working to convert an abandoned farm into a thriving wetland, these water heroes are doing amazing things to protect our most essential resource. Friday, Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Natural Heroes: South Central Farm- With help from celebrity activitists (Darryl Hannah, Joan Baez, Martin Sheen, and Willie Nelson), this film profiles the controversy over the South Central Farm in Los Angeles, the largest urban garden in the country. The film highlights the benefits of urban farms, citizen supporters, dramatic evictions of farmers, rarely told developer's defense and updates on the farmers' efforts to continue to sustain themselves, physically and spiritually.  Friday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.

Natural Heroes: Big Apples, Big Ideas- The future looks grim in "The Apple Capital of the World" in Washington state. Apple growers by the thousands are going out of business. But there's also an entirely new breed of farmer, practitioners of a sustainable agriculture. These new American farmers define a path of renewal that could hold the answer for farmers across America. Friday, Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

A full schedule of air times for all of the programs can be found at www.KBDI.org.

About KBDI
KBDI has set itself apart with carriage of an unparalleled amount of local public affairs programming. KBDI "community voice" programming engages viewers in community-based discussions of state, national and global issues. KBDI delivers three digital channels: its flagship KBDI broadcast station with a strong mix of local, national and international programming (DT-12.1); The Documentary Channel, featuring the works of independent filmmakers (DT-12.2); and MHz Worldview, a channel providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (DT-12.3).


Clarke Watson, University of Denver Intern
KBDI-Channel 12 (PBS)
Marcia Simmons, Marketing Director
CO 303-991-5020 (direct); 303-489-4012 (cell)


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