NBC News Special “Changing Planet” to Mark Earth

DuPont Chief Sustainability Officer Linda Fisher Engages Young People about the Future Impacts of Climate Change.

NBC News Special “Changing Planet” to Mark Earth

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, focused on the U.S.  In 1990, the organization became international and organized events in 141 nations.  Now, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. 
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, focused on the U.S.  In 1990, the organization became international and organized events in 141 nations.  Now, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.
April 22 is Earth Day, a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment.  This year’s Earth Day theme, ‘A Billion Acts of Green®,’ is also an Earth Day Network campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy.

To mark Earth Day, The Weather Channel will air a special town hall moderated by NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw that airs today April 22, at 9 p.m. EDT.  “Changing Planet” brings together scientists, thought leaders and students to discuss the impact of climate science and possible solutions for our planet.

DuPont Chief Sustainability Officer Linda Fisher was one of four panelists who engaged with students at Yale University to explore how climate changes touch their lives and what it means for human health, values, economic opportunity and competitiveness.  Fellow panelists were:

  • Rajendra Pachauri, who leads the Yale Climate and Energy Institute
  • Billy Parish, founder and coordinator of the Energy Action Coalition
  • Katherine Hayhoe, GeoSciences professor at Texas Tech University

“This town hall was just the type of open dialogue we need in America today,” Linda said.  “A conversation where business, academia, environmental activists and thought leaders come together and inspire young people to problem solve and find innovative ways to address the impacts of climate change. I was honored to be a part of this real conversation on climate issues and appreciate the exchange of ideas from the other panelists and students about how we enact positive change for the future.”

NBC host Tom Brokaw with “Changing Planet” panelists, producers from NBC Learn and partners from NSF, Discover Magazine and Yale University 
NBC host Tom Brokaw with “Changing Planet” panelists, producers from NBC Learn and partners from NSF, Discover Magazine and Yale University
“Changing Planet” is part of a partnership between NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Discover magazine. It will air on The Weather Channel as part of the cable network's special "Green is Universal" coverage. It will be available for viewing on www.nsf.gov, www.nbclearn.com and www.discovermagazine.com.  Portions of the town hall also will be available after the broadcast on www.weather.com.  In addition, a special print adaptation of “Changing Planet” will appear in the June issue of Discover magazine, available May 10.

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