ABC NEWS PRESENTS "PLANET EARTH 2007: SEVEN WAYS TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD," FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Unprecedented Global News Event Features Series of Reports from All Seven Continents
Diane Sawyer Anchors Special "20/20," Friday at 10 PM
ABC News is marking Earth Day 2007 with a daylong look at the state of the planet, featuring a special "20/20," anchored by Diane Sawyer. ABC News' "Planet Earth 2007: Seven Ways to Help Save the World" will report on the most crucial environmental issues today and on solutions currently being employed across the globe. This unprecedented global news event will feature ABC News anchors and correspondents live from around the globe, with reports airing from seven continents throughout the day on Friday, April 20. The coverage will span "Good Morning America," "World News with Charles Gibson," "20/20," "Nightline," ABCNEWS.com, ABC News Now and ABC News Radio.
ABC News' groundbreaking broadcast will take viewers around the world to witness the key environmental challenges each continent faces and present working solutions from each place. The coverage will outline the most pressing environmental issues, including increasing and decreasing water levels, deforestation, species extinction and power usage.
� AFRICA: Elizabeth Vargas will report from an eco-lodge reserve near the Kruger wildlife area in South Africa to show how conservation can save species.
� EUROPE: Chris Cuomo will be in the city of lights, Paris, reporting on how people can conserve power and ways that science could help take carbon dioxide out of the air.
� SOUTH AMERICA: John Qui�ones will be in the Brazilian rain forest reporting on how conservation groups are working to replant the rain forest and how these forests can be worth more as a standing resource than as logs and soybean fields.
� NORTH AMERICA: Jay Schadler will report from an astonishing solar power plant in Arizona on how alternative power solutions will help the energy grid.
� AUSTRALIA: Bill Weir will be at the barrier reef off the Australian coast to report on how desalination plants may be an answer to water shortages.
� ASIA: Cynthia McFadden will be in China to explore what is perhaps the most fundamental issue of all: Is the world willing to make the changes needed?
� ANTARCTICA: ABC News will report on what progress has been made on the hole in the ozone.
ABC News will also assemble seven leading experts on the environment -- from scientists to businessmen -- to weigh in on the most important problems and the most promising solutions.
Additionally, "Planet Earth 2007: Seven Ways to Help Save the World" will focus on how we all can make a difference. "Many Americans are saying they want to do what they can to slow the damaging effects of global warming, and this broadcast will offer concrete solutions that could be achieved on a global level, as well as a smaller level inside our viewers' own homes," said co-executive producer John Green.