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Striking Balance Series 2: Exploring Canada's Biosphere Reserves

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Catalogue Number:  LIV031
Producer:  Inspired Planet Ideas
Subject:  Canadian Geography, Environmental Justice, Environmental Studies, Geography, Indigenous Issues, Nature, Physical Geography, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  450:00

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Striking Balance, Season 2 explores nine of Canada’s breathtaking UNESCO biosphere reserves. Narrated by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, each 50-minute episode visits a different biosphere to investigate how residents are overcoming the challenges that are threatening the sustainability of these amazing places. We learn how the caretakers of Great Bear Lake are protecting one of the world’s best remaining sources of freshwater, how Albertans are racing to conserve a vast glacial moraine covered in wetlands, and how the people of the Frontenac Arch biosphere plan to keep eastern North America’s last great forest corridor intact forever.

Striking Balance, Season 2 dives into cutting-edge, nature-based solutions to flooding in Manitoba, drought on Vancouver Island, and the devastating decline of the ubiquitous yellow perch in Quebec. There are unexpected stories about aggregate companies and aluminum makers learning from the mistakes of the past and imagining innovative ways to co-exist with nature. There are stories about Nova Scotia communities boldly adapting to a changing climate, and next-generation methods for sustainably controlling invasive species. But the truly inspiring tales are the ones that prove its possible to go beyond sustainability, to restore the lands, waters and biodiversity of these magnificent places, without excluding one of their most important native species – humans. Striking Balance, Season 2 will challenge what you think you know about the natural world, and our place in it.


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