More water week programming and online features include The Agenda with Steve Paikin, the Canadian premiere of White Water, Black Gold documentary, and Allan Gregg in Conversation online Water Week mini series
TVOKids will teach early learners about water conservation
TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - TVO dives into Canada Water Week (March 19
to 25) and UN World Water Day (March 22) with a lineup of water-themed
TV programs and online activities that will examine political, economic
and environmental issues surrounding water quality and availability.
The week will kick off Monday, March 19 at 7 pm with the world premiere
of The Water Brothers, an adventure-filled six-part, half-hour series produced by SK Films in
association with TVO. Each episode of The Water Brothers will also be
available online across Canada live-streamed at tvo.org/waterweek beginning at 7 pm.
Nearly 1 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water
and over 3 billion pounds of waste are created per year from bottling
water. These are the kind of issues that are on the minds of Alex and
Tyler Mifflin, real-life brothers and the dynamic hosts of The Water Brothers, which will air over three days March 19 to 21 at 7 and 7:30 pm ET,
with a marathon encore of the entire series Sunday March 25 beginning
at 7 pm.
In the first season (TVO has ordered a second season), the brothers will
take you around the world from the massive coral reef system in Central
America and Mexico, to the mighty Mekong River in South East Asia, to
the frozen Arctic Circle, to the carp infested waters of the
Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and back to a water processing
facility in their home town of Toronto. Through the eyes of Alex and
Tyler, we learn for ourselves what the problems are, what the local
people and experts say about these problems, and most importantly, what
we can all do about them.
"We are at an amazing time in human history, where we can all initiate
change in our daily lives, on a local level, to solve global problems
and we hope through this series we can shed some light on the state of
what's really happening with water issues around the world," says
Join the brothers in a live chat at tvo.org/waterweek Monday to Wednesday March 19 to 21 beginning at 7 pm and keep the
conversation going on water issues affecting you.
"TVO is all about engaging people in dialogue about the issues that
matter to our world through our multi-media educational resources,"
says Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TVO. "TVO is uniquely
positioned to go deep on issues like water and the environment and
we're delighted to support filmmakers like Alex and Tyler Mifflin of The Water Brothers."
More from TVO's Water Week:
The Agenda with Steve Paikin - Monday, March 19 and Thursday March 22 at 8 pm ET
TVO's flagship current affairs program will invite experts to discuss
and debate water issues in special water week programs. Topics will
include the debate of how best to protect water: make it a commodity or
declare it a human right. The Agenda will also look at water conflict areas around the globe.
White Water/Black Gold - Canadian Premiere - Thursday, March 22 at 10 pm ET
As a mountaineer and hiking guide over 15 years in the Columbia
Icefields, David Lavallee has witnessed profound changes in the
mountains due to climate change. Over a three-year period he
investigates the impact of developing the second largest deposit of
"oil" in the world, the Alberta Tarsands, and asks: Is the cost to
water and people worth the economic benefits?
The Refugees of the Blue Planet - Tuesday, March 20 at 9 pm ET
Each year, millions of people the world over are driven to forced
displacement due to climate change. The Refugees of the Blue Planet sheds light on the little-known plight of a category of individuals who
are suffering the repercussions of this reality: environmental
Water on the Table - Wednesday, March 21 at 9 pm ET; repeated Sunday, March 25 at 11:00 pm
Filmmaker Liz Marshall follows Canadian activist Maude Barlow as she
campaigns against the privatization of water and tries to bring
attention to how industry is polluting the water table.
Toxic Trespass - Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm ET
Filmmaker Barri Cohen investigates the effects of the chemicals in our
water, focusing on Windsor and Sarnia, Ontario, identified as Canadian
How the Earth Changed History: Water - Thursday, March 22 at 9 pm ET
Professor Iain Stewart visits spectacular locations in Iceland, the
Middle East and India to look at how control over water has been
central to human existence.
Wye: Voices from the Valley - Friday, March 23 at 7pm ET
The Wye River in Wales has been the muse for artists, writers and
painters and poets for centuries. Time lapse photography is used to
explore the impact of passing time on the river and its surrounding
National Geographic: Extreme Ice - Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7 pm ET
Photojournalist James Balog conducts the largest time-lapse photographic
study ever attempted of the parts of the Earth's surface where water
exists in frozen form.
Allan Gregg in Conversation Water Week Online Mini Series
View full episodes of water-themed interviews at tvo.org/allangregg. Guests include Maude Barlow on the battle for the right to water;
Gwynne Dyer on the geopolitical battle over dwindling water resources;
Michael Byers on Arctic sovereignty and the Northwest Passage; George
Monbiot on global warming and sea levels; Tim Flannery on extreme
weather; and Marq de Villiers on the global shortage of fresh water.
TVOKids Water Week
TVOKids will celebrate Water Week in Gisèle's Big Backyard preschool programming block, The Space afterschool programming block, and tvokids.com with water-themed programs and online activities that teach kids about
the importance of water. Kids will get tips on conserving water, be
able to participate in an online water poll and quiz, and watch some of
their favourite programs with water-themed episodes. And on March 22,
Alex and Tyler Mifflin from The Water Brothers will be in The Space to answer kids' water questions.
Key Water Facts:
As a result of the lack of access to safe drinking water approximately
half the world's hospital beds are filled by people suffering from
water borne diseases (WHO / UNICEF). 1.4 million children die every
year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor
sanitation. This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20
Less than 1% of Earth's water is readily drinkable; 97% is sea water; 2%
is caught in polar ice caps (UN-Water Statistics).
The average Canadian uses 329 litres of water daily (Environment
Canada). That's second only to usage in the United States. The average
person in the developing world uses 10 litres of water every day for
their drinking, washing and cooking. (Water Supply and Sanitation
Collaborative Council (WSSCC)).
Toilets are the single largest water guzzling appliances in the home and
make up about 1/3 of an individual's daily water use. New ultra low
flush and dual flush toilets use between 3-6 litres per flush compared
to the traditional 13-20 litres (Environment Canada).
The most common areas for leaks in your home are faucets, showerheads
and toilets. A leak of only one drop per second wastes about
10 000 litres of water per year (Environment Canada).
According to a 2001 report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), roughly 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling of
89 billion litres of water each year.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
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Image with caption: "The Water Brothers - Tyler (left with camera) and Alex Mifflin (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9835.jpg
Image with caption: "The Water Brothers - Tyler (right) and Alex Mifflin (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9836.jpg
Image with caption: "TVO Water Week Logo (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9868.jpg
Image with caption: "The Refugees of the Blue Planet - Atolls of the Maldives (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9840.jpg
Image with caption: "Toxic Trespass - Ada (left) and Barri Cohen (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9849.jpg
Image with caption: "Water on the Table - Maude Barlow (centre) marching in demonstration in Simcoe County, Ontario (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9841.jpg
Image with caption: "National Geographic: Extreme Ice (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9837.jpg
Image with caption: "Wye: Voices from the Valley (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120209_C2513_PHOTO_EN_9842.jpg
Video with caption: "The Water Brothers ". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ElOrrtQlBc
Video with caption: "White Water, Black Gold". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9471YZVOrM
Video with caption: "Water on the Table". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEWReotWFas
Video with caption: "The Refugees of the Blue Planet ". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUJktP0gpKc
Video with caption: "How the Earth Changed History: Water ". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9usyv4MBk4
Video with caption: "Toxic Trespass". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u13fvTQIudg
Video with caption: "National Geographic: Extreme Ice ". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCe5dh7dwq4
Video with caption: "Wye: Voices from the Valley ". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uPWT89wCoM
For further information:
Media Contact for TVO:
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