On October 27th, 1948, the residents of Donora, PA, awoke to a thick blanket of yellow smog. That was not unusual for this mill town, but this time, the stinging air didnt lift. It burned peoples eyes and throats and darkened the valley for five straight days. Before it dissipated, 20 people had died from the toxic air. Many more would have life-long repercussions. Dr. Devra Davis, environmental health expert, Donora native, and author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/devra-davis/when-smoke-ran-like-water/9780465015221/tells... [see more] us how Donora slowly awakened Americas need for the Clean Air Act, and why we need it just as much today. In segment two, we join Moms Clean Air Force to meet mothers concerned about the effects of two different sources of air pollution. In Pennsylvania, parents educate themselves and guard their childrens health against chemicals associated with fracking. In Orlando, we meet a mom engineer/artist who uses her paintings as one tool to express her concern about a nearby power plant. What can we do? As individuals, our transportation choices make a big impact. Don Anair of the Union of Concerned Scientists talks electric cars, evolving attitudes about carpools and rideshares, and whether or not car ownership is worth the price of admission. Will the world find enough creative options to our 1 person/1 car/1 planet challenge?
Thought-provoking series of eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life. .