Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The tenuous balance between humankind and the environment was explored, examined, and dissected on this seven-part PBS documentary series. Amidst clips of starvation, devastation, and ecological disasters, filmmakers Hal and Marilyn Weiner offered hypothetical alternatives to the depletion of the earth's natural resources and possible solutions to the overpopulation problem. Individual episode titles included "Rivers of Destiny," "Urban Explosion," "Land of Plenty, Land of Want," "On the Brink," "Seas of Grass," "Hot Zones," and "Future Conditions." Actress Kelly McGillis narrated the first four episodes, with actor Matt Damon taking over for the final three. Co-produced by PBS and South Carolina ETV, Journey to the Planet Earth debuted March 26, 2003.