Sahara Forest Project is featured by the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO TV. In the weekly news documentary series ‘Backlight’ the Sahara Forest Project is shown as an example of how technology can provide all basic needs such as energy, clean drinking water and food for the growing world population. The documentary is already made into an international version for distribution outside the Netherlands.
Sahara Forest Project is featured by the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO TV. In the weekly news documentary series ‘Backlight’ the Sahara Forest Project is an example of how technology can provide basic needs such as energy, clean drinking water and food for the growing world population.
‘A Future of Abundance’
The documentary is called ‘Backlight: A Future of Abundance’ and explores the world of ever faster growing technological development, in which major changes can happen overnight, and investigates if technological developments that are just around the corner can solve the world’s mayor problems within the next 20 to 30 years.
The Sahara Forest Project pilot facility in Qatar is chosen to highlight the combination of solar energy and desalination techniques that can be used to turn sea water into fresh water. VPRO looks into how the Sahara Forest Project combines already existing and proven environmental technologies to revegetate deserts.
“These are the technologies that have the ability to touch the lives of a billion people”, says Dr. Peter Diamandis, author of the book ‘Abundance’ and co-founder of Singularity University. Dr. Diamandis is a main character in the documentary.
More than 40 countries
VPRO TV is part of national public television in the Netherlands. VPRO TV airs the weekly news documentary series ‘Backlight’ that offers an in-depth, internationally oriented look at issues and developments behind the daily news with a fixed duration of 50 minutes.
Most episodes of Backlight are filmed entirely on location, and presented without studio. In addition to being broadcast weekly on Dutch public television Channel 2, selected episodes of the series are being distributed, and broadcast in over forty countries, such as Spain, Canada, Germany, Japan, Israel and the Nordic countries. The Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK broadcast ‘Backlight: The Power of the Rating Agencies’ in 2012. The documentary featuring the Sahara Forest project is already made into an international version for distribution outside the Netherlands.