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PBS documentary highlights Elgin’s green activity

Elgin took center stage Tuesday night at the Midwest premiere of “Designing Healthy Communities,” a four-part, PBS series that focuses on improving public health by restoring and redesigning the toxic environment we’ve already built.

It specifically focuses on the ways communities across the country are addressing different problems, such as air pollution and the health problems it creates, the urban sprawl and the car culture it fuels and obesity. Filmmakers toured and shot vignettes featuring about a dozen cities across America.

It is today’s children who will unfairly inherit the toxic environment and adults need to encourage them to find solutions, instead of dismissing them, said Dr. Richard Jackson, the film’s host and interviewer.

“The older generation is not paying enough attention to them and the things they want,” said Jackson, also the chair of environmental science at UCLA’s School of Public Health.

To read the full article by Lenore T. Adkins in the Daily Herald click here.