Narrated by Matt Damon and produced by Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Marilyn & Hal Weiner, PLAN B: MOBILIZING TO SAVE CIVILIZATION is a 90-minute prime-time PBS documentary based on the book by environmental visionary Lester Brown. PLAN B is the 12th episode of the award-winning television series Journey to Planet Earth.
Featuring some of the world's most original and influential thinkers, Lester Brown's message is clear and unflinching — either confront the realities of climate change or suffer the consequences of lost civilizations and failed states. Ultimately PLAN B provides audiences with a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable sources plus realistic strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming.
Appearing with Lester Brown are Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Friedman, former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, along with other scholars and scientists. Locations include: China, Japan, Korea, India, Italy, Turkey, Bangladesh, Zambia, Haiti, and the United States.
What makes PLAN B significant and timely is that it provides audiences with hopeful solutions — a road map that will help eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and protect and restore the earth's forests, soils, and fisheries. It includes ways of protecting and restoring soils, forests, rangelands, and oceanic fisheries, plus conserving the earth's biological diversity. It also features case studies that clearly show signs of a new economy emerging.
In the end, PLAN B will make a strong case for choosing new economic and environmental priorities and developing new responses to the challenges associated with growing populations. It will talk directly to political leaders who need to understand the relationship between the economy and its environmental support systems. It will explain to economists why they must begin to think like ecologists. And it will motivate community leaders and the general public to become part of a solution that seeks to restructure the economy so that it can sustain economic progress.