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A natural balance: Series focuses on the resiliency of Earth’s ecosystems

A hummingbird in Chagres National Park in Panama. (Courtesy of BLP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Amy Young has worked on a number of important film projects in her career.

Yet, it’s her time as a producer on “The Age of Nature” that has her hoping that audiences will connect.

“It’s a very important documentary to get out to the world and get seen,” Young says. “We can see there is hope in nature repairing itself.”

“The Age of Nature,” a three-part series, explores how an increased awareness of the natural world is leading to a new chapter in the story of both humanity and the planet.

The series focuses on the resiliency of Earth’s ecosystems through stories of success, as scientists, citizens and governments act to fix past mistakes and restore the environment.

With the current pandemic exposing the fragility and vulnerability of humankind, the balance of nature and our relationship with it is more important than ever, Young says.

The series will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, on New Mexico PBS. The second and third installments will broadcast on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, respectively.

The series was filmed on seven continents and it presents creative ideas from around the globe for dealing with such pressing issues as climate change, animal extinction and environmental degradation.

Each episode highlights some of the latest scientific research that helps viewers understand the workings of the planet and explores effective strategies for restoring the environment, re-wilding landscapes and maintaining a balance between species.

Young began working with the series in Jan. 2019.

She produced the second episode and as production continued, the producers began to craft and move around some of the stories. The editing was finished remotely due to the pandemic.

“When we got to the end of filming, we reexamined the episodes and we did shift some of the stories around and make sure we were telling the stories.”

Young says the series wanted to highlight some of the projects out in the world that are trying to put ecosystems back in place.

“Not seeing predators as a threat,” she says. “We actually need these predators because they are part of an ecosystem.”

Young also says the world is ready for this film because the pandemic has slowed down the world enough for people to pay attention.

“I hope viewers feel inspired to plant some trees, and working with nature,” she says. “Obviously, we need governments to act more locally.”

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