Russell Beard

From the Congo to the Amazon, the High Andes to the Arctic – for the last four years I have worked as producer / reporter for earthrise and had the great privilege to meet many individuals and communities around the world, who are rising to the environmental challenges that we are all facing.

From the courageous local heroes in rural Kenya, risking their lives on the frontlines of wildlife conservation to the environmental entrepreneurs of Manhattan, who are making millions by recycling the American dream.

My work on earthrise is the perfect synthesis of my passion for ecology and filmmaking and has confirmed my belief in the power of documentary storytelling to make a difference in the world.

By exploring various aspects of our human aspiration and the earth's capacity to sustain it I hope the show helps viewers better understand the range of environmental challenges before us and that our positive approach inspires people to become more conscious, about how our everyday choices impact the planet and perhaps become active participants in the growing global environmental movement.

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Barbados Goes Green

earthrise travels to Barbados to see how the tiny island has become a world leader in solar thermal technology.


Rooftop Farming

Introducing microalgae to the masses with spirulina rooftop farming.


Restoring Elwha River

How the largest dam removal project in history is healing habitats and setting the Elwha River free.


Fog Nets

Harvesting water from thin air in the foothills of the Andes.



An underwater farm that dives deep for sustainable fishing.


Pesticide-free Farming in India & Eco-friendly Fashion

India's growing eco-agriculture movement; Curitiba's collective dream; and environmentally-friendly fashion in China.


Urban Oil Men

Waste cooking oil from fast food outlets is being converted into bio-diesel, reducing waste and pollution.


Bee Fence

A little-known fact about the fear elephants have of bees may be helping to ensure their continued survival in Kenya.

Human Rights

Green goodbyes: The growth of eco-burials

Faced with expensive and garish funerals, many search for a more traditional resting place.


Rain Catchers

Using sand dams to turn once arid soil into fertile farmland.


Saving Namibia's Cheetahs

We travel to southwest Africa to witness an initiative to secure the future of a big cat under threat.


Forest-Friendly Fires: Tackling Deforestation in Uganda

A stove which requires half the charcoal of traditional cookers is slowing deforestation in Uganda.