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We have fallen in love with the BBC's sumptuously-shot documentary series Planet Earth. Narrator David Attenborough takes viewers on a breathtaking tour of our planet, dropping in on elephants searching for water in the Gobi desert, snow leopards in the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and pods of dolphins dining in the Azores. Our kids (not nature film lovers) went along for the ride, mesmerized by photography so intimate that a giraffe alone in the wild has no idea he's being filmed by a noisy helicopter above, thanks to the digital zoom on a high-def camera. The film takes advantage of time-lapse technology so spring changes to summer, and fall mutates to winter before children's astonished eyes. With animals and locations grouped together by subject -- Deep Ocean, or Jungles, Mountains -- we traveled all over the globe and got a rich sense of the vast diversity of our Earth. Whether you purchase the DVD set for your private collection, or rent a disc at a time, this series will provide countless hours of entertainment.
At the end of Planet Earth, narrator David Attenborough proclaims "We can now destroy or we can cherish - the choice is ours." After watching this compelling documentary, our kids unanimously voted to cherish, so we made a New Year's Resolution to figure out how our family could make a difference. We know that North Americans consume well more than our fair share of the world's resources (see City Savvy below, for a link to Jared Diamond's recent Op-Ed column in the New York Times), so we started thinking about our own consumption habits. To empower the kids, we came up with a list of small steps that our family could work on together, like bringing re-usable grocery bags for food shopping, turning off the water when we're brushing our teeth, re-using our towels before tossing them into the laundry and purchasing seafood that does not deplete the ocean's bounty. See Below for KOTC's Kids Take Action ideas -- we hope your family will join ours in having a Green 2008.
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