Episode 207 - Amazing Teens

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 25, 2010 - Sunday, October 31, 2010
Next Airdate: 
Monday, January 24, 2011 - Sunday, January 30, 2011

Teens all over the world are doing amazing things to help the planet. This episode profiles six of them making their make around the world. We start in South India. There two Pleasanton, California, teens have started a program to replace harmful tobacco farming with cultivation of the sustainable Jatropha plant to help the poverty stricken area and reduce deforestation at the same time. The Jatropha plant fruit produces oil that can be used to make biofuel. It is an amazing story about Adarsha Shivakumar and his sister Apoorva Rangan gaining the trust of the Indian farmers, and the beginning of a successful transformation.

Then, Brendan catches up with a teen who is on a special mission of her own. Laura Webber is spearheading a drive to plant 1 million trees across the U.S. Of course she is not doing it alone. She has enlisted 24,000 members of 4-H clubs who are helping out! Brendan gets into the action as Laura and friends plant some trees at the local fairgrounds. He finds out that there is definitely more to gain than the simple satisfaction of getting the job done.

Then we meet up with two Northern California High School students looking for vintage cloth and other materials at a farmers market. They're looking for stuff to use in their own line of eco-friendly clothing! Josy and Aza started Leftover Green Beans a few years ago when asked to create a few dresses for a green New York fashion show. Since then they have continued to design creative fashions from vintage cloth and accessories often found at flea markets, plus organic fabrics and tons crochet that was made by Aza’s great-grandmother. Jessica sits down with them to find out what they have been up to.

inally, Jordan catches up with a teen committed to stopping global warming in his lifetime. Taylor Francis is taking his message to students and adults around the globe! On his resent trip to China to talk to students there, he learned that his counterparts in the world’s largest country are definitely onboard. He is hoping that the world’s two largest contributors to greenhouse gases, the U.S and China, can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.