Earth Focus | KCET
In partnership with KCETLink, the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) at the University of California, Los Angeles has launched a year-long collaboration to develop models and media for reporting environmental stories.
The first storyline focuses on the past, present and possible futures of Taylor Yard. Once a hub for Southern Pacific Railroad’s freight trains, Taylor Yard is now an undeveloped and still-contaminated site adjacent to the L.A. River. The articles, interactive web features, and a documentary short written and produced by faculty and graduate students address how decisions about the future of Taylor Yard and development along the L.A. River are wrapped up in larger questions about what the future of Los Angeles should look like — and who gets a voice in determining these outcomes.
The first storyline under the year-long KCETLink/LENS partnership focuses on the past, present and possible futures of Taylor Yard, an undeveloped and still-contaminated site adjacent to the L.A. River.
Thank you to all those who attended the 2018 Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival. It was another great year that highlighted the importance of bringing a film festival to LA that focused the community's attention on important local and global Green issues while creating informed public conversations on world wildlife and climate change. Hope to see you next year!
The 2018 event is open to the public, kicking off with an environmental shorts screening followed by four acclaimed films and closing with a screening of two all-new episodes of KCET and Link TV's "Earth Focus."
More than a year of protests were unable to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and the pipeline's owners expect to have it up and running on May 14. But the story isn't over. DAPL still serves as a reminder that the fight for environmental sanity and the fight for Native people's human rights are inextricably intertwined.
Explore the interactive maps provided by ALMA and Friends to see the pipeline route, the effects it will have on surrounding communities and beyond, and a few of the alternatives to the fossil fuel-dependent economy of which DAPL is one small piece — an economy we will inevitably need to transform if we are to survive.
RELATED EXHIBIT: To learn more, visit Standing Rock: Art and Solidarity, on view beginning May 20, 2017 at the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park. Poster art, T-shirts, and photographs demonstrate the immediacy of the protests and conflicts as they have unfolded, while a video art piece by the Native collaborators of Winter Count and a historical tour explore the broader meanings of these events.
Explore the pipeline route, the effects it will have on surrounding communities and beyond, and a few of the alternatives to the fossil fuel-dependent economy of which DAPL is one small piece.