Friday, October 19, 2007
Planet in Peril: A photographer's take
Shooting video above the Arctic Circle is not for the faint of heart.
It all started with an e-mail from Charlie Moore of "360": Would Neil Hallsworth and I like to spend six months filming around the world ... without being shot at? Hell yes!

We had both spent the better half of the previous year covering regions of the world where the bullet was favored over the ballot. Of course, there was one small catch with this new venture. It was to be CNN's first big foray into the world of high-definition video, which meant I would have to figure out how to use this new equipment on the fly.

Not to worry, with cameras and support gear I got onto a plane (on my birthday), armed with the camera manual as my reading matter, and headed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to meet up with "Lord" Hallsworth, and then into the Amazon. It was wet, very wet.

Hallsworth and I both went on the journey so we would have two cameras gathering pictures from two photographers with polar opposite ideas. We would work in the same space filming -- one wide lens and one tight -- to provide some varied and interesting views and images.

The Amazon left a lasting impression on me. So much so, in fact, that I still have a little worm crawling around in my leg.

From Brazil it was on to Southeast Asia -- Thailand, Cambodia and Burma. Here we used a "hidden cam" -- a camera the size of a shirt button -- to catch vendors selling endangered species.

The small cameras took a little getting used to. The first time out, in a small border town in Burma, with Charlie (one of the producers) looking to acquire illegal tiger skins, we wound up with some very fine video of the ceiling. Ever intrepid, we returned and got what we needed.

Yes, that's me hugging a baby polar bear.
As we were leaving Burma, I was told the last photographer who had gone undercover in that country was still in jail. Hmmm, perhaps I should have been told this beforehand. Well, that is where the warm tropical weather ended for a while.

We were off to film some polar bears in Alaska. I have selectively forgotten the name of the town, as it is a Dry Town. We found, darted and tagged the bears and I even got to hug a baby polar bear, the first time in my life I put my camera down and picked up my subject for a photo-op.

We then visited Greenland, within the Artic Circle. The landscape is so stark, when you look around you have the feeling of standing on top of a great white ball. Now I have pottied in many places and varied conditions, but never had I been to a "shiggloo", which is a toilet seat on top of an ice hole with a few blocks of ice to stop the whistling wind.

Here we also did the first live transmission from the Artic via broadband (or any means). The picture was so good that Anderson was able to open that night's "360". Yes it was cold, very, very cold.

Finally, warm weather again, as we went into Africa and a vanishing lake in Chad. It was extremely hot and dusty, with long rides through never-ending soft white sand. The sun never ever set; it simply faded away at the end of each day.

Chad was the first place I had ever had to help jump start a plane. A small four-seater was supposed to take us over Lake Chad to film. It arrived, so in we went.

"Merda," the pilot said. With my limited French, I knew that was not good. "We jump start," the pilot said. We got the battery from our vehicle and did what was required.

The next stop in our journey was Madagascar. Here we participated in a RAP (Rapid Assessment Program -- scientists gather a lot of information very quickly) or as Neil and I would come to say -- Rapidly Acquiring Pictures.

Then we went back to the USofA and Yellowstone and the wolves. Finally off to China to see where all the wildlife we had been filming thus far was being consumed.

The amusing moment here was when a plate of penis from many kinds of animals was placed on the restaurant table for consumption. And here I leave you to imagine the comments that filled the air. I do not need another trip to human resources.

From there, Hallsworth went to the South Pacific and I went to India. Interesting filming. Let's put it this way -- getting a fairly long shot of a beach or river scene in Mumbai without someone going to the toilet is challenging.

Enough said about all this. I, like you, await the final documentary. From what I am hearing, it should be epic. All I ask for now is another war to go cover.

-- By Philip Littleton, CNN Photographer
Posted By CNN: 5:12 PM ET
  45 Comments
Phil,
I have to say man you and Neil did an AWESOME job from what I have seen so far! Now learning that you two just picked up the hi-def equipment and ran with it just makes it that much more amazing! Can't wait to see the rest of your work!

And hey...atleast you got a "real live" souvenier to take home with you! LOL Anderson and the others can't claim that! LOL

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 5:42 PM ET
Geez, Philip, you sound like Anderson...preferring wars over environmental stuff. Thanks for sharing your experiences! I've always wondered what you guys think when you get assigned to these places. Oh, to hug a polar bear! Did you kiss it? I would have! It was sedated, so why not? Good to hear from you, Philip! I hope you blog more often! You are so funny!

Thanks,
Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Lilibeth, Edmonds, Washington : 5:49 PM ET
Phil,

Excellent! Quite prolific with the descriptive words,leaves little doubt as to subject matter, but my imagination was on FF!

We know what you guys all thought about the documentary, but I have to wonder what the people in it thought of you guys!

Probably still laughing! Thank you for adding a little lightness to a very serious situation.

Maggie
Posted By Anonymous : 6:16 PM ET
Cannot wait for Tuesday night for Planet in Peril. From what I've seen on 360 it should be spectacular. Kudos to you and Neil for the near impossible job of filming these segments with new equipment that you were really not familiar with.

And if it were not for you cameramen this special would just be another wildlife documentary. Since we are a very visual society these situations need special talents to add picture to the spoken word and 360 has them.
Posted By Marcia, Warren MI : 6:21 PM ET
It all sounds amazing and exhausting at the same time. The footage I've seen so far is beautiful. Being a nature lover tree hugger sort, there were times I was a little envious of what you were able to do in the field. I look forward to watching the series this week, encouraging my students in my English and social studies classes to do so, and eventually buying a DVD to use each semester (I am guessing there will be a DVD set before it's over with). I plan to have my students research info from the PIP website and work on various projects to help them think critically about the world they are inheriting and what they can do to make sure it's here for future generations. That was part of the purpose of all the travel you did this past year? This is going to be one of the coolest current events units ever.
Posted By Tammy C., Berwick, LA : 6:51 PM ET
Yikes, that worm is still in your body? You should ask for a big raise! I've loved all of the clips I've seen so far and can't wait until Tuesday. I can't believe that you got to hold a baby polar bear. As for the bugs, shigloo and varied diet items-like I said-you should ask for a big raise! Seriously, you all worked hard on this project and should be very proud. Thanks for all of your hard work and time spent. I will be watching on the big screen high def next week. P.S. Now that 360 is high def you should have AC go scruffy and see if anyone notices! Have a great week-end and good luck next week with the reviews!
Posted By Kathy Chicago,Il : 7:01 PM ET
Thank you not only for the phenomenal job you've done but also for obviously keeping a sense of humor and sharing that perspective.

I'm looking forward to watching what I'm sure will be an exceptional and informative series. Hopefully a wake up call for many as well!
Posted By Gail : 7:05 PM ET
Hi Philip. You just might be my new favorite blogger. What a great post! And the pictures I've seen from "Planet in Peril" are amazing. But instead of "another war," let's stick with the pre-existing ones, shall we?
Posted By Stacy, St. Louis, MO : 7:54 PM ET
Dear Philip,

Are you sure you are a photographer and not a writer? I really enjoyed your wonderful blog! I was wondering when we were going to hear from the photographers covering this monumental trip! Thank you for your rather vivid description of life in the wild, it was very funny. I hope you kept a journal of your experiences, I am sure it would make a very interesting book.

I love your photo with the baby polar bear! I am sure you considered it a once in a lifetime experience!

I would be interested to know if the extreme weather conditions had any effect on your equipment and what adjustments, if any, had to be made to accommodate them.

Many of the scenes I have seen from "Planet in Peril" so far have been breathtaking! I am anxious to see the final documentary.

I hope that during the days following the showing of the documentary that we will have a chance to hear from you or Neil about your rather unique experiences.

Any chance that we will see a companion book released in conjunction with the DVD release of "Planet in Peril?" I have already pre-ordered my copy of the DVD through Amazon.

Thanks again,
Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 7:57 PM ET
Phil,

It's so good to hear from the man behind the camera. I'd like to express my appreciation and praise for all your hard work. I know what you do is every bit as dangerous and difficult as is the work of the guys doing the reporting who seem to always get most of the credit. Your photography is amazing and to have to learn HD on the run is incredible. So now you're looking forward to going to another war? Filming Planet in Peril must have been even more of a challenge than I had thought! I can't wait until it finally airs next week. I only wish CNN was being carried in HD by my local cable company.

Barbara, Culver City, CA
Posted By Barbara : 8:14 PM ET
Phil

You all did a wonderful job with your cameras from what I have seen of the segments and some still photos. The pictures are so amazing that you get caught up looking at those at the expense sometimes of listening. Fortunately there is rewind on Tivo!
Sorry about your souvenir - most people bring back something to put on the desk. Thanks so much for contributing your talent to this project - I can hardly wait to see the finished product beginning on Tuesday. Hope you find that war you want to cover!

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Annie Kate : 8:42 PM ET
I noticed every other word in the entry is "me" . It isnt all about "you" and your reactions to filming in wild places. It's supposed to be about the erosion of the environment, not about the little inconveniences that highly paid , spoiled media people have to "endure" in doing their job. You're supposed to "step aside and let the story tell itself"
Posted By Mark S, Providence RI : 8:52 PM ET
Hi Phillip,
Wow, what an awesome year! I can't wait to see the final product of all your hard work. I bet you must have many amazing stories. I look forward to next week.
Thanks- and I hope you are going to have a nice vacation, at home.
Posted By Pamina, New Rochelle, NY : 8:53 PM ET
Dear Phillip,

It is nice to finally hear from a 360 crew member's experience from behind the scenes. I noticed that photography adds a lot more dimension to the AC360 shows, because it is so much about momentum.

I was trying to photograph rescued kittens from a Cat-rescue agency to place in online-adoption ad.
And that was very challenging, because the kittens were constantly jumping and moving. I ended up filming them with the web-cam and then extract clear shot momentums in windows-movie player.

Thank you for your skillfull contributions and for sharing your adventurous experiences with us.
Posted By Ratna, New York, NY : 9:35 PM ET
The video and pictures I have seen are truly amazing. I can hardly wait to see the whole show. Thanks for all your hard work on this special. Next time though get your souvenirs at he souvenir shop!!
Posted By Suzanne, Knoxville TN : 9:57 PM ET
At the end of the day, there's nothing better than knowing you did a job well done. A job that many people will greatly appreciate. Thanks for that hard work.
As far as the wormy incident goes..well, all I can say is, it's always good to travel with a buddy.
That little worm has had quite the trip..seen the world and through it all stayed loyal to you. What a buddy. Anyone can have a roaming gnome as a travel companion, but a worm eager to hop a ride to see the world...well, that's a globetrotter of real merit. Lucky you..Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 10:47 PM ET
Though i'm not very familiar with your job,but from what i've read, you guys have done a great job.Taking documentaries around the world to record what we've done to our mother earth! It will be a great history! I am from China,and i can explain the penis thing in your blog. Ancient chinese think what you eat can do a lot good do what you have.(I don't know if i made it clear.i am not good at english).That means you eat these animal's penis,it will do a lot good to yours.
Posted By hugh : 12:55 AM ET
From Red to Green CNN, way to cool.Please give more to environment
Posted By Anonymous : 2:02 AM ET
Phil,

I always wonder what happens behinds the scenes and who are the guys/ladies responsible for bringing those images and pictures onto the TV screen. Now to actually read a blog from a photographer, and a very funny one at that, is quite unreal. You definitely should blog more often and I look forward to reading more of your blogs !

From the other end of the world,
Sue
New Zealand
Posted By Anonymous : 3:00 AM ET
Phil,

I always wonder what happens behinds the scenes and who are the guys/ladies responsible for bringing those images and pictures onto the TV screen. Now to actually read a blog from a photographer, and a very funny one at that, is quite unreal. You definitely should blog more often and I look forward to reading more of your blogs !

From the other end of the world,
Sue
New Zealand
Posted By Anonymous : 3:01 AM ET
Philip,

I CANNOT wait for this documentry! You and your crew, including Anderson, Sajay & Jeff worked SO hard on this documentry and it Shows! I've wanted to be a journalist ever since I was little, and I certainly wouldn't mind being on the 360 crew, and your pictures made me want to be a world traveler EVEN MORE!
Thank you soooo much 4 your hard work!
Posted By Michelle Fischer, Lafayette, IN : 7:33 AM ET
Hi there
I hope this documentary program is 1000 times better than Miles O'Brien's awful, awful hour "Keeping them Honest - Climate Change" was last night. To spend a half hour critiquing "An Inconvenient Truth" with all those freakish skeptics, then another half hour grudgingly acceding some of it was sort of, well, actually, hmmm....true - was appalling, really.
We need urgent action on Global Warming and that trash last night really retards progress. Shame on you, CNN !
I don't care if this doesn't get past the moderators - just get it to the producers of last night's show to let them know how horrible it was.
Lake Michigan
Posted By Anonymous : 11:22 AM ET
The places you go and the things you see, I wish I could be you for a day (worm-free goes without saying though, right?). You do such a remarkable job and I hope we get to hear more about your adventures.

Oh, and by the way - "I do not need another trip to human resources."

Another? Priceless.
Posted By Stacey; Ottawa, Ontario : 1:47 PM ET
Phil:

Both you and Neil do fantastic work and this epic documentary is the crown jewel. The pictures and videos we have seen for Planet in Peril have been amazing and I too can not wait to see the end results.

Sorry to hear the worm is still in your leg :(

The photo of you holding the baby polar bear is just too cute.

Can't wait to see what you will be bringing to us next. You should blog more often as well.
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 11:14 PM ET
Philip,

Thanks for sharing what you guys did so far. Should be a very interesting and educational Planet In Peril series. I'm looking forward to watching it. I have see some pictures they are great! all of you guys seem to make a great team.

Jennifer - Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 9:03 AM ET
Nice job guys and gals. Can I come along next time?
Only one thing you should change -the title:
"PLANET IN PERIL"
It sounds like it should be followed by "Aliens invaded the earth on Tuesday, bringing with them adventurer Steve Fossett who was presumed missing..."
A classy piece of work doesn't need a National Enquirer title. Granted, the alliteration's great (lots of "p's"). But even the most respected Fortune 500 female CEO couldn't get away with a name like "Muffy". Names are important.
Phil, don't worry about the "comments that filled the air" and your trip to HR. We're big boys and girls, we can handle it. Those people in HR just don't have a sense of humor. Believe me, I know. These are the kind of people that are not very creative - they have all these "rules".
You can't really say you've had a respectable career unless you've sat in the HR "dunce chair" a couple of times. Cautious, safe, politically correct...that's not why we watch CNN. Having a thick personnel file with HR means you do your job well.
Speaking of, Anderson's "gosh darn" is getting a little worn and is far too "G Rated" for this audience. We need to teach him a couple of new expletives. Surprise us.
Posted By Julie San Diego, CA : 6:40 PM ET
Thank you ALL for your work on this. BTW: My major hobby is nature photography, and I find the images breathtaking.

My one complaint (which is a typical issue for me) is that there is not enough information for those of us who want to take action, at least on the PIP Web site. I hope the program-- which I am very much looking forward to-- will go beyond the beautiful images and put the issue in context globally, urging people to take action. Is there going to be some sort of special "news ticker" at the bottom of the screen with ideas about how we can help? Screens with Web sites to find out more and take action? More links on the Web site?

Question: What struck you all at CNN the most about seeing such different devastation in such different areas caused by the same problem (our disregard for the environment)? Has it caused you to be more environmentally responsible in your own lives?

For those who would like to learn more about what we can do both in our own lives and on a larger scale, please visit www.sierraclub.org and the Web sites of other environemntal groups, such as www.edf.org amd www.wwf.org. I was surprised about how much I learned about little ways to make a big difference, such as by unplugging cellphone chargers when not in use. A friend of mine worked on www.truecostoffood.org with the Sierra Club; the site covers the importance of eating more locally-grown and sustainable products. You can also write to your representatives by signing up for e-mail action alerts from these organizations or by composing your own e-mail to your reps through www.congress.org

I hope folks who have kids will watch the Planet in Peril program with them and discuss ways you as a family can help the environment both in your house and in the larger community. Seeing such widespread devastation should make us all more aware and willing to take action in our own lives, especially when simple steps like lowering the thermostat and changing to compact flourescent bulbs save money while helping to save the environment.

Since the malls and drusgstores already have their Christmas/Hanukkah stuff out, here are a few gift ideas: donate to a plant-a-tree organization; buy products to help family members save energy and money; give a basket of green cleaning products and a coupon where you offer to help with spring cleaning; package presents in recycled newspaper cut with funky-shaped scissors, kids' art, or in reusable totebags; give a gift certificate for a local farmstand or environmentally-conscious stores; give a membership at a local garden; give houseplants that are particularly good at cleaning indoor air (peace lillies and aloe vera are examples- ask at your local garden store for more ideas); purchase a sink- or pitcher- water filter and reusable water bottles; bake holiday goodies in packaging that can be re-used (such as a glass baking container with a lid); or support your local used bookstore and find something that really fits the interests of your friends/family.

As someone who enjoys the beauty of nature, I feel it is my responsibility to do more to help protect it and feel guilty when I do something wasteful (but it does happen, more than I wish). I sell some of my nature photography as greeting cards, and I recently came up with the idea of putting one tip on the back of each card about how we can help protect the beauty of nature (where I previously just had "Photo: Norah ____"). FYI for anyone who wants to use it as their e-mail tag line, etc.

Again, thank you to all of the hardworking folks for what looks to be an excellent program.
Posted By Norah, West Chester, PA : 11:03 PM ET
This is just incredible. Cannot wait to see it!

I have to say, where is Anderson? Are we not on an Anderson Cooper blog site? I enjoy all of the producers, photographers, and the news men and women. But, where is Anderson? I do not see one blog written by him and he is often not hosting his show, whats up? His humor and writing style are missed!
If you are going to have an Anderson Cooper blog, maybe you need to have Anderson do a blog, just a thought!

Terri
Spring Hill, Fl
Posted By Anonymous : 11:45 PM ET
Philip...

Your work is amazing. I am extremely jealous...I can only hope that one day I get to work in half as interesting places as you do and turn out half as good work.
Posted By Brenda : 8:27 AM ET
Hi Phillip,

Wow. I LOVED it! What an adorable photo with the polar bear cub. Beautiful. The tone and beauty of it kind of reminds me of some of the beautiful Shackleton Expedition photos. As a Canadian, we LOVE our polar bears. Priceless. Thank you kindly for sharing it Phillip.

What a very funny tale. You have a wonderful sense of humor. I really enjoyed your “take” on this memorable “Planet in Peril” experience. So YOU are the one with the parting “gift” of the little worm. (shiver) I went into the giggled creeps and shivers when Anderson described it on Conan OBrien. To just imagine that you saw it actually moving under your skin too....creepy. Poor you Phillip. You never mentioned how it affected you – so I assume you didn’t need therapy after! (I’m teasing you)

When I was 10 years old our family friend told us his friend fell asleep on the beach in some far away land and was bitten by a spider on the face while he slept. One day after he arrived home he scratched his face and a zillion baby spiders came crawling out of his cheek. (help) It traumatized me…I never could sleep on a beach after that and never ever have! Never. (shiver)

I have always wanted to have a taste of living in the North and always been fascinated by the culture of those dear people. Seemed so very romantic to me. But in all those years I NEVER thought about the washroom conditions in an igloo. Never. I am laughing now. Thank you Phillip! Funny. Modern conveniences can become boring anyway, it is so much more fun to rough it and take home the hilarious and traumatic memories of it all. Even when I was in remote forests camping I always brought my sponge hair curlers etc.! Vain. My friends have tons of photos to blackmail me with.

But NOW I know a worst case scenario, although you were in a truly remote location. (Greenland must have felt so sad and lonely)

As for the VITTLES, goodies, chow, treats, I don’t know what to say. Oh dear me. I have friends that live in so many far away lands that nothing surprises me anymore. People eat anything that moves, crawls, or is an unmentionable. My problem is that I would be so afraid to offend anyone or hurt their feelings when they offered it to me. But I gag so easily….not a pretty sound or sight. I would have to hire someone to carry my suitcase filled with granola bars I guess. Ketchup doesn’t mask just anything.

We are all looking forward to seeing “Planet in Peril” too. Thank you for your hard work and sense of humor regarding the ‘perils’ of it all. It must have been an amazing experience. I hope you will please take care and stay safe wherever your treasured camera takes you Phillip.

In appreciation, Gina


“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Posted By Anonymous : 9:31 AM ET
Hi Philip
I can do without the shigloo and the worms in my leg,but I still envie you . What an experience for you guys! THANK YOU two for braving the daily misfortunes and for not quitting. :)
I'm looking forward to watching the documentary !
Great job !
Posted By Minou, New York,NY : 10:17 AM ET
P.S. Oh Phillip....too bad I didn’t meet you when I was a kid...only because I wrote you I just found out TODAY that spider story is a myth an URBAN LEGEND….. I think I was LIED to decades ago! And never had the joy of sleeping on the beach because of it. Never. I feel so cheated. I was such a naïve child. My parents believed his stories too, so I guess I’m not the only one. Now I am beginning to doubt everything he told me that totally traumatized me. Hmmmmmmmmm…. He’s quite old but still alive and well, I guess I’ll have to do a mischievous “keeping them honest” interview with him. :) smiles

Your warm and funny blog Phillip, this chance moment in time to write you has put a fear to rest… the spider legend no longer something to fear!

And thank you again for some insight into the making of “Planet in Peril”. It surely contains amazingly beautiful breath taking scenes. It meant to world to me to see some of them. There are no words. Magnificent. And some heartbreaking ones too. With such a crucial subject it is going to make a huge impact on the world, thank you so much for all your hard work.

Please take care of yourself and always stay safe Phillip. I cannot deny that I feel beyond sad to think of those covering war and what you all must sadly see and experience, my heart and prayers go out to you.... It must be incredibly difficult to capture images of those who have their lives destroyed by such horror. It's heartbreaking. Life was never meant to be like this. Thank you again. I wish you all many blessings.

in appreciation, Gina

“The photograph is an abstraction of the visible world. This gives it a degree of authenticity as a reflection of reality.”
Dr. Reginald Ernest Balch
Posted By Anonymous : 12:20 PM ET
"All I ask for now is another war to go cover."

Looks like you'll get your wish, the way this administration is going. You did mean a new war, right?

Shame on CNN for promoting this crap as NEWS and then spending so much time on it... in a year where more time is wasted on pre-election tactics. Swaying the electorate from the damages of war to be concerned about polar bears instead of non-American human beings.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:39 PM ET
Phil,
There's a whole county in Tennessee you may want to avoid. Better yet, that's what flasks are for. Seriously, though, that was one of the funniest blogs I've read on this site. I love getting your perspective, and have long thought that a behind the scenes look at CNN is in order. Being the silent one out of sight, you should have a chance to shine in the limelight. Just kick Anderson in the shins. Don't worry, human resources will understand. Maybe even cheer.

Francesca
Phoenix, AZ
Posted By Anonymous : 2:21 PM ET
Phil, I have seen the parts of Planet in Peril from earlier this year when 360 was live from each of the areas, and it was amazing. The photos and live shots were great. Overall, it sounds like a pretty fun trip and a crazy experience. You guys always do a such a terrific job. It's cool to hear the perspective from the guys behind the cameras.
Posted By Liz Toledo Ohio : 3:49 PM ET
our planet is not in peril. it will surive anything we do to it. life on this planet is in peril, our lives, and all life on this planet is in peril.
Posted By ed glen ellyn illinois : 4:12 AM ET
Hey Phil,

Thank you for the very interesting blog post. It gives me the opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate the work that you and Neil Hallsworth do. You both seem to have an amazing gift for adding visual impact to a story. Anderson and 360 are lucky to have you both.

The cinematography in the previews I've seen of PIP does not disappoint. I can't wait to see the completed project tonight.
Posted By Carrie, Ames, IA : 11:10 AM ET
I am waching planet in pariel. I love you'r show .I am Ian and i am 10 years old.
Posted By Anonymous : 10:57 PM ET
I very much enjoyed viewing "Planet in Peril" as I feel we all could better ourselves and the planet with a little education. What I had a problem with was the odacity to point the finger at China for their consumption of coal and then to follow up with a commercial for "clean" coal use here at home. I feel like I'm choking in the hipocracy. How could your network be so blind in airing this commercial during this program? I can't fathom the lack of forsight necessary to approve this advertisement. Unbelievable.
Posted By darkman999 : 11:26 PM ET
Amazing!

Thanks for bringing that story to the world. Time for action now.
Posted By Nana : 12:12 AM ET
HI,

Saw Planet in Peril last night. It both saddened me, and made me resolve to do more. I know I am not the only one with this question, what can individuals do that will make an impact. Is donating money the best thing? Or it there other things that can be done? I already recylce and am very picky about what I eat, buy, but what else can I do? My heart almost stopped when I saw the animal skins, and skulls...this has got to stop, but how?
Posted By Anonymous : 8:04 AM ET
Well, I am still physically ill from watching China's consumption of wildlife and the people who support this extremely disturbing habit.

What can I do beside boycott China? That might cost me a lot of money but there has to be some tangible way for me to have an impact. How can a whole country be so ignorant?

Please tell me what us ordinary caring people can do.

By the way the piece on Yellowstone's wolves was really encouraging and educational. Thanks for the awesome work!
Posted By Anonymous : 6:48 PM ET
Phil,
Sorry that your blog was buried or shall we say, burned, by the dreadful So Cal fires. This segment tonight in the Arctic (I hope that's right - I've been distracted with computer travails) is stupendous. For once, I'm glad to be able to watch for additional showings of the series.
Posted By Terry B : 9:55 PM ET
I want in on this action! I am from Canada and we have got to save our polar bears! Got to! It would absolutely appauling to let another species on this planet become endangered.
Posted By Anonymous : 3:35 AM ET
Phil,

I LOVE the show!!! Thank you!

BUT...Can someone please let me why the Polar Bears had green/blue and red coloring all over their fur at the end of their footage...it wasn't explained.
Posted By Anonymous : 5:59 AM ET
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