Last evening KPBS gave us a wonderful 3-hour reprieve from pandemic and election anxieties by focusing on climate change – with programs that not only focused on the existential threat but that offered solutions and hope as part of the message. 

These programs are well worth watching:

Nature : Australian Bushfire Rescue

Meet the people rescuing and caring for the animal survivors of Australia’s devastating bushfires. Iconic species like koalas, kangaroos and wombats face a series of hurdles to recover from their trauma. Watch now.

NOVA : Can We Cool The Planet?

As global temperatures rise, scientists are exploring geoengineering solutions, from planting trees to sucking carbon out of the air to physically blocking out sunlight. But would it work? And what are the risks of engineering Earth’s climate?  Watch now.

Age of Nature : Changing

Discover why restoring nature might be our best tool to slow global warming. From Borneo to Antarctica, the resilience of the planet is helping us find solutions to cope and even mitigate climate change, providing hope for a more positive future.k  Watch now.

The Nature episode addresses the horrible costs of climate change, but offers insights into how Australians are changing how they cope with wildfires using strategies developed by their indigenous Aboriginal people.

The NOVA program focuses on radical new technologies now being developed and tested to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Age of Nature episode emphasizes how “rewilding” our environments and focusing on the extraordinary carbon sequestration capabilities of trees and peatland forests may be our best solutions for cleaning CO2 from the atmosphere.

I hope you will get to see these if you haven’t already. And thanks to KPBS and the producers of these wonderful programs!