Program Note: CNN’s award-winning Planet in Peril returns this year to examine the conflict between growing populations and natural resources. Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Lisa Ling travel to the front lines of this worldwide battle.
Watch Planet In Peril: Battle Lines Thursday 9p ET
We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.
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Looking for lines. The challenge of finding where humans bumped heads with the wild. And so we set off in search of these lines. The journey was to take us to Africa, the Far East, South America and the Arctic.
Where was the line that should have protected the baby elephant and the other sixty-three elephant from the hail of poacher’s bullets in Tchad.
Why did the heavily armed guerrillas senselessly kill the Mountain Gorillas in the DRC? What line did they cross?
Who says the hungry little Cameroonian boy may not eat the porcupine his father hunted from the forest.
What is going to happen to the beautifully barren Alaskan coast line when the slogan “ Drill Baby Drill” becomes a reality? .
How are we going to stop all the sharks from having their fins ripped off for flavoring soup?
These were some of the places and situations we found ourselves in this year –
I first visited the Niger Delta in 1998….when we went back the ooze was still coming out of the ground. I heard the promises the oil companies and central government made to the people in ‘98 – the promises haven’t changed – the oil continues to coat the poverty.
I have heard a lot of talk and fashionable debate on how all this can be solved. Seen the bumper stickers. Watched the problem be handed to others. Lets all take a look at what is around us and start there
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