AETN celebrates Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012, with an exciting slate of programming. Viewers will have the
opportunity to explore the wonders of nature with programs like "Powering the Planet", "Energy Quest USA", "Earth: The Operator's Manual", and "Revenge of the Electric Car".
Powering The Planet at 2:00 p.m. Take an eye-opening look at some of the worlds most important case studies in energy policy. In Spain and Morocco, large-scale solar farms and individual photovoltaic panels atop tents in the Sahara are beginning to bring the vast potential of the sun down to Earth. In Brazil, abundant natural resources sun, rain and sugar cane are transformed into efficient, sustainable biofuel, making Brazil the only nation whose cars could run normally if gasoline were to vanish. In Samsø, Denmark, and in West Texas, citizens have taken sustainability and economic realities into their own hands by becoming stakeholders in wind turbines. In China, a full-throttle approach to multiple sustainable energy technologies is giving rise to a new empire of clean tech. What about America? One energy insider predicts an energy abyss if smart decisions arent made. Learn how great nations and small communities are finding sustainable solutions that provide for people and protect the planet.
Energy Quest USA at 3 p.m. Hear inspiring stories from citizens who have made smart energy choices. In Kansas, communities compete for major cash prizes in an energy conservation contest. In Baltimore, Maryland, the Neighborhood Energy Challenge is enabling low-income homeowners to save as much as $1,300 a year through simple measures like weather-stripping and reduced water use. In Alaska, ocean power, low-emissions heating fuel from wood waste and innovative low-temperature geothermal turbines are becoming an important part of the power portfolio. In Fort Worth, Texas, fracking has led to a major economic and employment boom, even as citizens continue to pursue what they call "cowboy sustainability." And in Portland, Oregon, forward-thinking decisions made decades ago have given rise to a vibrant economy and turned the city into one of the nations greenest. Experience a motivating call to action and a significant contribution to the necessary conversation about our nations energy future.
Earth: The Operators' Manual at 4 p.m. An operators manual helps keep your car or computer running at peak performance. Earth science can do the same for the planet. In EARTH: THE OPERATORS MANUAL, airing as part of PBS' Earth Day programming, join geologist Richard Alley as he travels the world, from New Zealand to China, Brazil, Spain and Morocco with stops in New Orleans, Texas and military bases in California. This accurate, understandable and upbeat report on the interconnected stories of humans and fossil fuels, Earths climate history and our future energy options will leave you amazed at the beauty and bounty of the planet, inspired by human ingenuity, and optimistic about the future.
Independent Lens "Revenge of the Electric Car" at 11 p.m. Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is Americas future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever. "Revenge" follows the race among major car-makers to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. Its not just the next generation of green cars thats on the line. Its the future of the automobile itself.