Transcript: Litany for Our Planet | Apr 22, 1990

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Outside a diner, a man reads the paper, another man juggles and a magician plays tricks. The name “The science Café” appears in neon lights on one of the windows. Inside, the waitress shows a menu that reads “The Science Café proudly offers food for thought. Fragile Nature Forum. Litany for our Planet. Producer and director: Michael Kushner. Researcher: Nadine Galszechy.”

A caption reads “Robert Hornung. Friends of the Earth.”

Robert is in his thirties, clean-shaven and with short wavy light brown hair. He wears glasses, a light gray suit, white shirt and striped gray tie.

He says I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE
THAT WE'LL HAVE TO
DEAL WITH IN THE 1990s,
ARE ISSUES OF THE
CHANGING ATMOSPHERE.
AND THAT CAN BE DIVIDED
INTO TWO PARTS: ONE WOULD
BE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE
OZONE LAYER AND THE SECOND
WOULD BE GLOBAL WARMING
OR THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT.

The caption changes to “Stephen Carpenter. Enermodal Engineering Limited.”

Stephen is in his mid-forties, with short salt and pepper hair and a beard. He wears a blue suit, white shirt and patterned tie.

He says WHAT THAT IS
GOING TO RESULT IN,
CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST
DISASTROUS ASPECTS
IS GOING TO BE THE MELTING
OF THE POLAR ICECAPS
WHICH IS GOING TO RAISE
THE COASTAL WATER LEVELS.
THIS IS GOING TO MEAN
LARGE AREAS OF THE CANADIAN
AND U.S. SEABOARD ARE NOW
GOING TO BE UNDER WATER.
CITIES LIKE MIAMI AND
WASHINGTON WILL BE
TOTALLY FLOODED.

The caption changes to “Noel Brown. United Nations Environmental Program.”

Noel is in his late forties, clean-shaven and with short curly black hair. HE wears a black suit, white shirt and patterned black tie.

He says I BELIEVE THE IMPENDING
ATMOSPHERIC CRISIS
SHOULD BE THE MATTER
OF THE UTMOST CONCERN
FOR THE ENTIRE
WORLD COMMUNITY.
I SAY THIS BECAUSE ONE OF
THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL BASIS
OF LIFE OR AIR
QUALITY, IS UNDER VERY,
VERY SERIOUS STRESS.
WE NOTE, FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT
WE CALL THE TRIPLE THREAT:
ACID RAINS,
OZONE DEPLETION,
AND GLOBAL WARMING.
I THINK WE'RE GOING TO
MAKE SOME SIGNIFICANT
PROGRESS ON THE
FIRST TWO - ON THE
ACID RAIN AND THE
OZONE DEPLETION QUESTION.
THE MOST COMPLEX
ONE, HOWEVER,
IS THE GLOBAL
WARMING QUESTION.
AND THIS IS WHERE WE'VE
GOT TO SUMMON ALL
OUR ENERGIES, TECHNICAL AND
SCIENTIFIC CAPABILITIES
AND MORAL WILL
TO ACT URGENTLY.

The caption changes to “Tracy Patterson. Ontario Waste Management Corporation.”

Tracy is in her mid-thirties, with short wavy brown hair. She wears a black turtleneck sweater.

She says I DON'T THINK YOU CAN
JUST SAY THAT THERE'S
ONE IMPORTANT
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE.
I THINK GREENHOUSE
EFFECT, GLOBAL WARMING,
THE DEPLETION OF
THE OZONE LAYER,
THE DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS
CHEMICALS DIRECTLY
INTO THE ENVIRONMENT.
I THINK THEY'RE ALL
EQUALLY IMPORTANT.

The caption changes to “Joanna Kidd. LURA Group.”

Joanna is in her early forties, with short wavy brown hair. She wears a striped sweater and a delicate silver necklace.

She says THE MOST PRESSING
QUESTION IS OUR WASTE,
OUR SOLID WASTE,
OUR HAZARDOUS WASTE
AND HOW WE DEAL
WITH THEM.
WE ARE DROWNING IN A SEA
OF GARBAGE AND THREATENING
TO BE ASPHYXIATED IN A SEA
OF TOXICS FLOATING THROUGH
THE AIR AND THE WATER
AND IN OUR FOOD.

The caption changes to “Lynda Lynch. Environment Watch.”

Lynda is in her mid-forties, with long wavy gray hair in a low bun. She wears a blue blazer, white blouse and a pair of pearl earrings.

She says WILL OUR AIR QUALITY,
WILL OUR WATER QUALITY
BECOME SO BAD THAT IT
IMPACTS ON HUMAN HEALTH
EVEN MORE THAN
IT ALREADY IS?
IT'S VERY
INTERESTING, YOU KNOW.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MAPS
THAT SHOW THE INCIDENCES
OF CANCER AND YOU SUPERIMPOSE
THEM ON THE LATEST STUDIES
OF THE GREAT LAKES AND
THE TOXIC HOT-SPOTS,
IT'S INCREDIBLY
FRIGHTENING WHEN YOU SEE
THAT THE MAPS ALMOST
CORRESPOND EXACTLY.

The caption changes to “Ben Benninger. Marsland Centre, Waterloo.”

Ben is in his mid-thirties, clean-shaven and with short wavy receding brown hair. He wears glasses, a blue suit, white shirt and patterned tie.

He says TO ADDRESS THE
ISSUE OF WATER
IS OF PARAMOUNT
IMPORTANCE.
NOT NECESSARILY THE MINUTE
IMPURITIES THAT WE MAY
COME ACROSS IN WATER, BUT
THE ISSUE OF WATER SUPPLY.
GRANTED, WILL THERE
BE WATER AVAILABLE
FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN,
FOR THAT MATTER?

The caption changes to “His Excellency Erkki Maentakanen. Ambassador, Finland.”

Erkki is in his fifties, clean-shaven and with short wavy graying hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt and patterned tie.

He says IF WE THINK GLOBALLY,
I THINK THE MOST
IMPORTANT ISSUES
ARE ATMOSPHERIC
POLLUTION,
MARINE POLLUTION,
COASTAL POLLUTION
AND THEN THIRDLY, I
WOULD SAY SOIL EROSION.

A caption reads “Lynn Deegan. Environmentally Sound Packaging Coalition.”

Lynn is in her thirties, with chin length wavy blond hair with feathered bangs. She wears a cream cardigan and a cream blouse.

She says I THINK WE SHOULD BE
THINKING ABOUT OUR RATE
OF CONSUMPTION AND THE RATE
AT WHICH WE ARE WASTING
RESOURCES IN ORDER
TO CONSUME THINGS.

The caption changes to “Peter Scott-Smith. Canadian Earth Energy Association.”

Peter is in his early fifties, with short wavy gray hair and a moustache. He wears a blue suit, white shirt and polka dotted blue tie.

He says WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN
TERMS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
AND THE ENVIRONMENT IS
RELATED TO CONSERVATION.
AND CONSERVATION IS
RELATED TO OUR HABITS
OF CONSUMING ENERGY.
WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS
WE HAVE TO CONSIDER IT
A CHANGE TO OUR HABITS
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
THAT'S WHEN WE START
TO MAKE CHANGE.

The caption changes to “Norman Rubin. Energy Probe.”

Norman is in his late forties, clean-shaven and with short wavy salt and pepper hair. He wears glasses, a blue suit, white shirt and patterned tie.

He says UNLESS WE CAN GET CONTROL
ON THE WAY WE USE ENERGY,
I THINK WE'RE GOING TO
SEE INCREASING DISASTERS
FROM OIL SPILLS, NUCLEAR
ACCIDENTS AND GLOBAL WARMING.
JUST A WHOLE HOST OF
PROBLEMS ALL STEMMING
FROM THE WAY WE
USE ENERGY.

The caption changes to “Vicky Husband. Sierra Club of Western Canada.”

Vicky is in her fifties, with short wavy gray hair with bangs. She wears a black and white jacket, white shirt and a pendant necklace.

She says I THINK FOR CANADA THE
MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL
CONCERNS ARE
ENERGY CONSUMPTION,
AND PROTECTION
OF OUR FORESTS.

A caption changes to “Monte Hummel. World Wildlife Fund.”

Monte is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven and with short straight brown hair. He wears a white shirt and a black leather jacket.

He says WELL, THE MOST IMPORTANT
ONE THAT I'VE BEEN
THINKING ABOUT AND
I'M WORKING ON
IS THE CONSERVATION AND
PRESERVATION OF WILDERNESS
IN CANADA AND
WORLDWIDE, AS WELL.

The caption changes to “Peggy Hallward. Probe International.”

Peggy is in her early forties, with short wavy brown hair. She wears glasses, a white blouse, a patterned neck scarf and pendant earrings.

She says THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY
WILL BE TREMENDOUSLY
DEVASTATING TO
THE PLANET.
THAT AND, OF COURSE,
GLOBAL WARMING.
BUT RAIN FORESTS ARE BEING
DESTROYED SO RAPIDLY,
ESTIMATES SAY THAT THEY'LL
BE GONE IN ABOUT 30 YEARS
IF WE CONTINUE
AT THE SAME RATE.
AND WITH THOSE RAIN
FORESTS WILL GO
HALF THE WORLD'S
SPECIES.

The caption changes to “Tyler Norris. The Windstar Foundation.”

Tyler is in his late thirties, clean-shaven and with short straight dark blond hair. He wears a tweed suit, white shirt and burgundy tie.

He says THE MOST IMPORTANT
THING IS FOR INDIVIDUALS
TO LOOK AT HOW THEY CAN
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
FOR MAKING A
CONTRIBUTION, PERSONALLY,
TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
AND THERE ARE A LOT OF
ISSUES THAT TIE IN -
GLOBAL WARMING,
CLIMATE CHANGE,
RAIN FOREST DESTRUCTION -
AND THEY ALL INTERRELATE.
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT
LINK IS REALLY
WHAT THE CITIZEN AND
WHAT INDIVIDUALS CAN DO
TO MAKE THAT
PERSONAL DIFFERENCE.

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A slate appears with the caption “For more information, write to: Sierra Club of Western Canada. 314-620 View Street. Victoria, B.C. V8W 1J4. Trade Commission of Finland. 1200 Bay Street, Suitte 604. Toronto, Ontario. M5R 2A5. Marsland Centre. Waterloo, Ontario. N2J 4G7.”

Another caption reads “A production of TV Ontario. The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. 1990.”

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