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CBeebies Blog Little Human Planet 11 - My life in Greenland and the Rio Negro

Elen - Producer, Little Human Planet Elen - Producer, Little Human Planet | 16:54 UK time, Saturday, 19 February 2011

Little Human Planet follows the lives of young children from around the world, giving a glimpse to our CBeebies viewers of how their counterparts live wherever they are. A celebration of what makes children different and what makes them the same around the world in a colourful and often surprising voyage of discovery.

In this programme we travel to two very different locations around the world. First, it is late summer in Siorapaluk, Greenland – the northernmost native settlement where the sea ice melts completely.  It is here we meet four year old Hanna as she shows us her summer home.

 

We then travel to the flooded banks of the Rio Negro and meet four year old Carlos Eduardo. (We have already met him - see programme 2).  It is now mid-June and Carlos Eduardo’s life is quite different now due to the seasonal change along the Amazon which is as large as the river itself.  Up to 3 metres of rain has fallen in the Amazon basin and the floods have turned the region into a forested waterworld.

 

Water has now risen to the doorsteps. School classes are relocated to a stilt building because the schoolhouse, the only building not on stilts, is submerged.  To go to school (or anywhere) means paddling a canoe. The currents of the Rio Negro run swiftly under the houses, and falling in could mean being swept away – but yet, here we see Carlos Eduardo being taken to school by his older sister in a canoe with no life jacket.  It is indeed a remarkable way of life and part of the Amazon’s yearly cycle - and it’s only a matter of time before the land drains and it all starts again.

You can find out more about the series on the Grown-ups website http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/about/programmes/littlehumanplanet.shtml

 Please check it out and let us know what you think of the show.

 

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