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National Geographic April Watchlist: Earth Day Stories, Wildlife Documentaries, and the Cultural Significance of the Gong

In conjunction with Earth Day this April, National Geographic presents an exciting lineup of shows that delve into sustainability, cultural heritage, and intimate wildlife encounters.

In “Nat Geo Presents: To Bamboo or Not to Bamboo?”, explore the complex impact of bamboo on our environment and whether it truly addresses our plastic problem.

Explore the future of food and how we can use science to feed the world in “Nat Geo Presents: Dear Food. Love, The Future.” Challenge the perception that plant-based diets are more sustainable and explore the reality of industrialized food production systems in “Nat Geo Presents: Food Costs: Diet vs Planet.”

For those interested in the potential impact of art on sustainability, don’t miss “Nat Geo Presents: Voices: The Art-Vocates,” a thought-provoking exploration of three astonishing artists.

Meanwhile, experience the cultural significance of the gong in “Street of Gongs: From Thailand into the World,” as a family business handcrafts a new, large gong for an upcoming festival as requested by the abbot of the temple.

Finally, unlock the “Secrets of the Elephants” in a new documentary series about these complex and sophisticated creatures, and join ZooTampa’s expansion in “Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa S3,” with the formation of the first-ever all-female giraffe herd, the arrival of a pregnant binturong, and the anticipation of Hadiah, the Bornean Orangutan.

Here’s more on our top picks for your viewing pleasure this April:

Sustainability and Environmental Creativity

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Nat Geo Presents: To Bamboo or Not To Bamboo?
Premieres Saturday, April 1 at 8:50pm on National Geographic (Skycable CH41 SD | CH195 HD)

This thought-provoking show delves into the topic of sustainable products and the role that bamboo plays in addressing our plastic problem. While bamboo is often considered an eco-friendly option, its impact on the environment is complex and may not be as straightforward as we think. Discover the surprising answer to whether bamboo is a solution to our plastic problem or if it leads to more problems.

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Nat Geo Presents: Dear Food. Love, The Future
Premieres Saturday, April 8 at 8:50pm on National Geographic (Skycable CH41 SD | CH195 HD)

French philosopher Brillat-Savarin wrote, “The destiny of nations depends on how they nourish themselves.” By 2050, we’ll need to feed 10 billion people. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet? National Geographic explores how we can use science to feed the world.

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Nat Geo Presents: Food Costs: Diet Vs Planet
Premieres Saturday, April 15 at 8:50pm on National Geographic (Skycable CH41 SD | CH195 HD)

Despite the perception that plant-based diets are more environmentally friendly, evidence suggests that industrialized food production systems (plant-based or not) contribute to pollution, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Explore and gain a deeper understanding of what a sustainable diet truly entails!

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Nat Geo Presents: Voices: The Art-vocates
Premieres Saturday, April 22 at 8:50pm on National Geographic (Skycable CH41 SD | CH195 HD)

While some view art as purely decorative, others believe that it can inspire emotional and visceral responses to the urgent need for sustainability. Explore an inspiring and thought-provoking exploration of art’s potential impact on our planet with three astonishing artists.

Cultural Heritage

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Street of Gongs: From Thailand Into The World
Premieres Thursday, April 13 at 9pm on National Geographic (Skycable CH41 SD | CH195 HD)

Explore the cultural significance of the gong, an ancient instrument and symbol of Asia through the heartwarming and inspiring family business that has been meticulously handcrafting gongs for generations and their latest challenge of creating a new, large gong for an upcoming festival as requested by the abbot of the temple.

Intimate Wildlife Encounters

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Secrets of the Elephants
Premieres Saturday, April 22 at 9pm on National Geographic (Skycable CH41 SD | CH195 HD)

They are powerful, loving and wise. But only now are we starting to unlock the deepest secrets of the elephants across Asia and Africa. Their strategic thinking, complex emotions and sophisticated language has created a unique and dynamic culture that makes them more like us than we ever thought possible. This series will change everything you thought you knew about elephants forever.

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Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa S3
Premieres Thursday, April 6 at 8:30pm on Nat Geo Wild (Skycable CH66 SD | CH193 HD)

Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey with ZooTampa’s expansion! Watch as new arrivals and imminent births take the spotlight, including the formation of the first-ever all-female giraffe herd and the arrival of a pregnant binturong. Join in the Primates team’s anticipation of Hadiah, the Bornean Orangutan and witness a Sun Bear’s dental surgery. With excitement and wonder at every turn, this season of Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa is not to be missed!

Which show are you most excited for?


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