Are you sick of nature shows sidestepping environmental disasters and general negative effects humans cause on the species we come into contact with? PBS has always been a mark of quality programming but this new series has me jazzed up for it’s innovative approach to the discussion of human impact on the environment.
EARTH A New Wild questions society’s conventional approach to nature shows by including humankind’s relationship to the natural world as beautiful locations and exotic species are examined with the production values we’ve come to expect from PBS. It’s a new style that is more appropriate to the ongoing environmental discussion of 2015.
The show is a joint production between National Geographic Studios in association with Passion Planet, the series is hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, conservation scientist, who takes viewers on a stunning visual journey to explore how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems.
The series shows humans and the natural environment interacting by editing footage from 45 shoots in 29 different countries. It shows humans in cohabitation with giant pandas, humpback whales, African lions and Arctic reindeer. Dr. Sanjayan posits that humans must learn to work together with animal and plant life in order to survive as a species.
EARTH A New Wild Premieres tonight, February 4th, at 8/9 Central
Jonathan is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY