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Climate Matters: How To Save The Environment
This five minute TV program focuses on how young people can effect change on the environment.

Artist and Pro skateboarder Lee West presents a series of short TV programs that show young viewers (12-25) how to effect environmental change.

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This five minute TV program focuses on how young people can effect environmental change.

Artist and Pro skateboarder Lee West presents a series of short TV programs that show young viewers (12-25) how to effect environmental change.
In the pilot, Lee West investigates the confusing world of “Carbon Offsets” – a plan that allows people to invest in renewable energy such as wind, wave or solar projects to “offset” their carbon usage. West asks the tough questions, such as where is the money going and how does it help save the environment.
Shot, edited and cut using music video techniques the program features West’s skating and stunts. West explores complex topics in an interesting, hip, easy to understand way.
The objective of the series is to spur young viewers into effecting environmental change by altering their lifestyle and informing their purchasing decisions.
The series will examine how people can make recycling, energy usage and transportation decisions that will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Other programs in development include a look at the hybrid, biodiesel, and low emission vehicles called “Pimp my Prius”, a guide on how to eliminate paper based junk mail called “Kill Snail Mail” and guide to low cost DIY Solar Solutions called “Lighting UP”.
Pimp my Prius: Will be a guide to new range of hybrid, biodiesel and electric cars that are coming on the market. It will reveal which systems are actually environmentally friendly and which are simply green washed. For example, certain types of biofuel produce up to 10 times more carbon than petroleum.
Kill Snail Mail: Each year we produce 4 million tons of junk mail and consume 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water in the process. Kill Snail Mail is a guide to the numerous tactics that need to be employed to stop junk mail marketers. The investigative element in this report includes how to find out what companies are making money from selling your name to junk mail marketers.
Lighting Up: is a guide to the emerging market of low cost solutions to reducing energy consumption. It will go a step further recommending that consumers change out old incandescent light bulbs for newer energy saving ones. For example, it will show other techniques such as building water heaters, using low cost solar panels to augment the energy supply.
Produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Media Factory, the series will explore some of the myths of the environmental movement. For example, it is widely believed that biodiesel offers a green alternative to fossil fuels, yet often the production of biofuel harms the environment. The series will be shot in the San Francisco Bay Area, US environmental capitol and key player in the production of new green technology.

Episode 1: The Confusing World of Carbon Offsets
Tom Arnold - TerraPass Inc.: A company that provides “Carbon Offsets” to the public.

Bryan Cole - Cliff Bar: The energy bar company has a not- for-profit division that sells “Carbon Offset.”

Rachael Woods - Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Like many resorts Alpine sells not-for-profit Carbon Offsets with its lift tickets.

Bill Barclay – Rain Forest Action Network: A non-profit that has been battling environmental destruction for many years.

The program covers the following issues.

  1. What are “carbon offsets”?

  2. Where can you buy them?

  3. How much do they cost?

  4. Where does that money go?

  5. What are the advantages of carbon credits

  6. What are the disadvantages?

  7. Does that really help you save the environment?

  8. Are they simply the indulgences of the rich?

Host: Lee West

Producer/Director: Niall McKay

Production company: The Media Factory and the Center for Investigative Reporting

Center for Investigative Reporting:

The Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting investigative journalism in the mainstream media. CIR is part of the solution, injecting tough but fair investigative reporting into the news media, by: INVESTING in promising stories at their earliest stages to give them a chance in the news marketplace. PRODUCING major investigative projects for television, radio, print and the Web. PROMOTING the best investigations to maximize their impact with policy makers and the public. In the past CIR has co-produced many PBS’s Frontline documentaries, NPR radio programs and investigations with publications such as The Nation, Salon and The New York Times.

The Media Factory

The Media Factory specializes in producing short and long form documentaries, drama and television programming for broadcasters such as PBS, the Discovery Channel, and Atom Films. The company is also a leader in producing digital video content for podcasts, vodcasts, and the emerging mobile device marketplace.

Niall McKay

The Media Factory

+1 510 638 4871


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