9780970270511: On the Edge [VHS]
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Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, convened the first State of the World forum in San Francisco. Five hundred world leaders met for five days at the Fairmont Hotel to examine the deteriorating environment in combination with a world population that was exploding at the rate of another New York City every month. Where will we be in fifty years?

Ted Turner begins, "The odds are that we're going to not quite get there. But you have to fight for your own survival.

Gorbachev adds, "Time is very short. It's shrinking."

Carl Sagan and Huston Smith meet for the first time on camera as they debate the limits of science and technology to solve the global problems caused by human consumption.

Lynne Twist speaks of the importance of getting involved in a positive solution-oriented organization while Jane Goodall suggests that our best hope resides in the young people.

On the Edge is a wake-up call. It brings the most important issues of our time to the surface and gives the audience the incentive and the tools to do something before it's too late.

You won't be able to stop watching this program. It's the greatest adventure story of all time.

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Mikhail Gorbachev was the last head of state of the USSR, serving from 1985 until its collapse in 1991. Gorbachev's attempts at reform - perestroika and glasnost - as well as summit conferences with United States President Ronald Reagan, contributed to the end of the Cold War, and also ended the political supremacy of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

Ted Turner is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is best known as the founder of the cable television network CNN, the first dedicated 24-hour cable news channel. In addition to CNN, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is well known for his $1 billion gift to support UN causes, which created The United Nations Foundation, a public charity that builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the UN through advocacy, public outreach, and grant making. Turner serves as the Chairman of the board of directors for the foundation.

Dame Jane Goodall is an English UN Messenger of Peace, primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist. She is well-known for her 45-year study of chimpanzee social and family interactions in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which supports the Gombe research, and she is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. With nineteen offices around the world, the JGI is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa. JGI's global youth program, Roots & Shoots, currently has over 8,000 groups in over 100 countries. Today, Goodall devotes virtually all of her time to advocacy on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment, traveling nearly 300 days a year.

Deepak Chopra, an Indian medical doctor and writer, has written extensively on spirituality and diverse topics in mind-body medicine. Deepak Chopra has had a profound influence on the New Thought Movement that has embraced him in the U.S.

Many of Chopra's themes and beliefs are stated in his first book Creating Health, in 1986. He launched himself as a staunch advocate of the interconnection between mind and body, advocating meditation and self-awareness as primary factors in both illness and healing. He deepened these themes in Quantum Healing (1989). Subsequent books have turned toward larger spiritual questions. In How to Know God (2000) and The Book of Secrets (2004) an argument is made for an all-pervasive intelligence that unites every living thing. In his book Life After Death: The Burden of Proof (2006) he extends personal consciousness beyond the artificial boundary that separates the living from the departed.

Lester Brown is an environmental analyst who has written over twenty books on global environmental issues. His works have been translated into more than forty languages. He is the founder of the Worldwatch Institute and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute which is a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. One of his best known works is Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. The recipient of forty honorary degrees and a MacArthur Fellowship, among numerous other awards, Brown has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the world's most influential thinkers."

Huston Smith'sfourteen books include The World s Religions which has sold over 2 1/2 million copies. He has produced three series for public television: "The Religions of Man," "The Search for America," and "Science a

Review:

To imagine a future where the world's big problems are solved, you need to watch this video and decide to solve one of these mega problems.
--Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the #1 New York Timesbest-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul

There's still is a fighting chance for us, and I don't think we really have any choice but to fight for our survival. --Ted Turner, founder of CNN

This is one of the most moving programs I have ever seen. It should be shown on all of the televisions in the world. --Robert Muller, former UN Assistant Secretary General

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