About EarthTalk Today TVAlexandra Paul
In 2000 I was Peter’s 75th guest on his television show [which was then called Kaleidoscope], discussing human overpopulation, an issue that is very important to me. A few months later, he asked me to be his co-host. I was nervous at first because I had never been on the other side of the table on a talk show. It had always been me being interviewed! But since I have known peter for a long time, and have always admired his knowledge about, and commitment to, the environment, I was excited at the prospect of melding my two lives – eco-activism and on-camera experience. and what better way to educate people on vital environmental issues than on television?
So began my partnership with Peter and EarthTalk Today, and as of October 2003 we have done 65 shows together. It has been a learning experience for me, too, as we have such a wide range of topics and guests.
I feel so lucky to be part of this unique program – the only one like it on television!
In 1990 Earth Service Inc., a non-profit environmental educational organization, was created to embolden individuals and institutions to embrace an environmental ethic. In order to educate myself to a more comprehensive understanding of the environmental issues, I invited key environmental leaders in the greater LA Basin to speak at the Environmental Roundtable which had its first meeting at Gladstone’s by the Sea.
The fact that a pod of dolphins punctuated the closure of that first Roundtable by swimming only a few feet from our gathering has not gone unnoticed. Every month we would gather to listen to passionate, creative, hardworking individuals who were trying to make a difference in the quality of life for all in Creation.
Earth Service hosted 85 Roundtables over seven years. Towards the end of the run, I was encouraged to broaden the audience, so that more people could hear these wonderful stories of commitment and success. What ensued was a series of meetings with the City of Santa Monica, I encouraged them to partner with Earth Service in the development of an environmental talk show. This creative strategic alliance began in 1997 and continues to be a strong partnership today. EarthTalk Today began as Kaleidoscope in January 1997.
The response from viewers and guests alike has been very strong. However, something was missing. My wife, Katy, encouraged me to invite our friend Alexandra Paul [who was my guest on the 3rd and 75th Kaleidoscopes] to be co-host. This has made the show more attractive from a variety of perspectives, but something was still missing: we had named the original show Kaleidoscope to reflect the many voices needed to frame the environmental message, but we needed more clearly descriptive of our intention. Once EarthTalk Today was chosen we felt the challenge and opportunity were just beginning. Today we are ‘America’s Environmental Talk Show’, and we hope to expand so that everyone in the nation has the opportunity to avail themselves of the outstanding message of hope offered by our varied and interesting guests.
That’s our story, and the only missing part now is your participation. Join us as we seek to educate one another to the importance of the environmental ethic as the determining principle guiding our lives.
Peter Gwillim Kreitler
Visit Peter's personal website at: www.peterkreitler.com