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Connect Globally, Act Locally
First aired live Tuesday April 21st. 1998, 13:00 hours Eastern
(check local PBS and NASA-TV listings!)

Subject to global climate change!

If you weren’t able to see the Live Broadcast you can view archives of the event.


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Time and Change

In the 19th Century, the rubber boom made Manaus one of the richest cities in Brazil: then someone stole the seeds and took them to the East. The Opera House fell silent, until free trade and 20th century technology brought life back to the city: a story of what it takes for sustainable development... (Producer Script: use this to explain why nations are 100% right to be concerned about who’s studying their resources!)

The Lessons of Forest Fragments

Detailed case studies of what happens when virgin forest gets chopped down and chopped up: team leader Bill Laurance helps us see patterns in nearly 20 years of data, using computers and high technology to make sense of the workings of nature and humanity’s impact. (Producer Script: Remember to intercut Bill back on the INPA campus and his team sweating away out there in the field, working together but in such different environments.) (Teacher Note: a classic example of a real-world scientific experiment, with controls, before-and-after evidence: maybe it’ll even inspire some future Darwins!)

Prairie Restoration and Rainforest Regeneration

Students in Iowa study the rainforest through books, activities, and local field trips to the Lied Jungle at the Zoo in Omaha to understand biodiversity, threats against it, and to inform and motivate participation in local efforts to restore at least some areas in their region to the unique ecosystem it was some hundred years ago. Kids in Manaus try to bring green into their city’s life by using insights from BDFFP’s field research. (Producer Script: should be great to juxtapose such unexpected similarities and contrasts!)

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

How remote sensing can help nations understand and manage their resources wisely: linking ground truth and orbital data to create a more accurate picture than ever possible before: scenes from INPA’s high-tech Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab. in Manaus, and images gathered from researchers in Brazilian and North American space agencies. (Producer Script: be sure to get some of the same folks who worked with us to create the special online image processing activity also to appear on camera here! Miroslav Honzak would be great: hope he says YES)

Real Time Interactions

Bill Laurance on the specifics of the research, but also on its implications for global climate change... Rita and Claude and Tom on how objective research can underpin informed decisions... and how kids can get involved. Students speak out on what they’ve learned from what they’ve seen and heard, and what they want and plan to do about it. Once more rainforest experts work the computers at the Smithsonian, answering live e-mail during and after the program. Students in Iowa, at NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and in Brazil collaborate to look at images and ideas, and debate the lessons of Live From The Rainforest. (Producer Script: Boy, there’s a lot to do! Sure hope my e- mail keeps on working!!!)