Youth Climate Activism and Environmental Politics Explored in New Season Of Acclaimed Environmental Series EARTH FOCUS

From Illegal Gold Mining in Peru to Our Nation’s Surprising Green Senator Harry Reid, The New Season Premiering September 8 Looks at the Politics of the Environment

KCET, Southern California’s home for award-winning original public media programming, and Link TV, the national independent non-commercial satellite television network, today announced the episode lineup for the new season of Link TV’s acclaimed original environmental series EARTH FOCUS in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) at UCLA. EARTH FOCUS features investigative reports about our changing environment and how it affects people around the world. In the new season, EARTH FOCUS examines the politics of the environment including youth climate activists around the globe, the transition away from coal in South Africa, curbing illegal, poisonous gold mining in Peru, and a feature-length documentary on the environmental politics of the New West. The new season of EARTH FOCUS premieres on Tues., Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California, on Wed., Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410), and on Sun., Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT on WORLD Channel, with streaming on kcet.org/earthfocus and linktv.org/earthfocus.

Launched in 2007, EARTH FOCUS is the longest-running investigative environmental news program on U.S. television. The series provides audiences with urgent global environmental coverage on key issues such as endangered species, climate change, environmental health and sustainable practices. With three new episodes focused on international environmental politics co-produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and KCET, EARTH FOCUS continues its commitment to educate audiences about the global issues impacting our planet.

This season will conclude with a fourth episode, a special 90-minute documentary, “The New West and the Politics of the Environment,” set to air on Tues. Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California and Wed., Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410). Co-produced by KCET and LENS at UCLA, this special episode focuses on legendary Nevada Senator Harry Reid, and how he built the foundations of a green new deal in the most unlikely state in America.

The new season of EARTH FOCUS will air as follows (*schedule subject to change):

“The Youth Climate Movement Around the World” – Tues., Sept. 8 on KCET and Wed., Sept. 9 on Link TV
In 2019, sixteen children from across the world including Greta Thunberg filed a historical, global lawsuit petitioning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold five of the world’s leading economic powers accountable for inaction on the climate crisis. All 16 young people are alarmed by the changes they see in their homelands. This episode includes an interview with Greta and in-depth profiles of four of these young environmentalists: Alexandria Villaseñor in California, Carl Smith in Alaska, Ayakha Melithafa in South Africa and Litokne Kabua in the Marshall Islands.

“Coal Mining in South Africa” – Tues., Sept. 15 on KCET and Wed., Sept. 16 on Link TV
South Africa faces a stark reality as the continent’s largest greenhouse gas emitter. More than 80% of power generation comes from coal, with 11 coal power plants turning the province of Mpumalanga into one of the most polluted areas of the world. As the world moves away from fossil fuels and major global investors pull out, renewable energy fights to forge the future. The tension is palpable among the government, coal producers, workers, and the environment in a post-apartheid South Africa facing pressing developmental challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

“The Price of Gold in Peru” – Tues., Sept. 22 on KCET and Wed., Sept. 23 on Link TV
When Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra came to power in 2018, one of his first priorities was to gain control over the devastating outbreak of illegal gold mining operations. In February 2019, the government launched Operation Mercury, a decisive action to shut down an entire town built around an illegal gold mine. This episode follows chief environmental prosecutor Karina Garay as she works with the police, army and navy in destroying illegal mines and arresting miners in protected areas, while retraining illegal miners and persuading them to join the formalized mining operations.

“The New West and the Politics of the Environment”– Tues., Sept. 29 on KCET and Wed., Sept. 30 on Link TV
A quiet, little-known revolution is taking place in American environmental politics in a most surprising place—Nevada. In this feature-length documentary, EARTH FOCUS tells the story of Harry Reid, a politician who grew up in an Old West mining town, saw the possibility of a New West emerging in Nevada and rode that change to power. Reid used power in new ways to settle water wars with respect for Native Americans, protect endangered species and wilderness, and usher in a just transition to renewable energy.

EARTH FOCUS supports Link TV’s mission to connect viewers to the world. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, Link TV brings Americans closer to people and events beyond our borders. Leveraging its strong relationships with international producers, it has become a place for powerful human stories, high-quality international journalism, documentaries, and scripted dramas. Link TV is a passport for the globally engaged. By conveying diverse perspectives and unfiltered viewpoints, Link TV works to bridge divides and facilitate conversation, understanding, empathy and change on important global topics. Live streaming takes place daily at LinkTV.org/live from 3:00pm-11:00pm Pacific (6:00pm-2:00am Eastern), showing Link TV’s broad range of quality content for free.

The new season of EARTH FOCUS is part of programming focused on this election cycle, where PBS SoCal and KCET explore the past, present and future of our democracy. KCET and PBS SoCal will bring you NewsHour’s unbiased coverage of the conventions and the debates, FRONTLINE’s investigative reports on the candidates and Washington Week’s analysis. All-new KCET Original documentaries will spotlight California’s changing population, values and social movements. Local election coverage both on-air and online at kcet.org and pbssocal.org deciphers and explains the propositions and measures viewers will find on the ballot and how they will impact the city and state.