Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A collaboration between PBS and Wiland-Bell Productions, with considerable input from a variety of major pro-environmental organizations, the four-part miniseries Edens Lost and Found demonstrated how four major American cities had gone from being major polluters to enviro-friendly within the space of a few short years. The cities in question adopted the common approach of "Sustainable Environment," designed to meet the current needs of the community while still taking into consideration the needs of the future (in other words, no Draconian, all-or-nothing measures here). Working hand in hand with municipal governments, teams of environmentalists came up with practical methods of waste disposal, avoidance of atmospheric congestion, cultivating urban forestry, and developing alternative mass-transit systems. The four episodes were "Chicago: City of the Big Shoulders"; "Philadelphia: The Holy Experiment," "Los Angeles: Dream in a Different City," and "Seattle: The Future Is Now" (each episode was produced with the help of that city's local PBS outlet). Released in conjunction with a companion book series from Chelsea Green Publishing, Edens Lost and Found debuted in most markets on May 18, 2006.