An ­environmental programme with a difference

2014-11-21 00:00

AN Umhlanga businesswoman is fronting an ­environmental programme with a difference.

The Earthbeat series, due to start on Dstv channel 190 on December 2, will see ­Kerry Dell combining her drive and knowledge to present a television series which could change lives.

When Dell left school, she did not know what to do so she decided to travel. She ­also studied tourism at ­Durban University of Technology and subsequently set up her own travel agency.

“When I was 29, I got the news from two specialists that I would never be able to have children,” said Dell. “I went into a spin.”

When she recovered from the shock, Dell began studying natural health.

“From nutrition to physiology; I looked at every­thing from reflexology to geo­pathic stress.”

The result? “I now have two beautiful children” — Takoda, meaning “friends with everyone”, and Tazanna, meaning “princess”.

The names are Sioux as one of Dell’s forebears hailed from Texas.

For a while Dell worked in the corporate world, but also studied for a qualification in sustainable environmental solutions and energy management.

She had long dreamt of being an entrepreneur who “made a difference” and so set up Your Earth Solutions, a consulting company offering sustainable solutions to reduce carbon emissions to corporates and individuals.

“On one level, it’s depressing what’s happening to our world, but I’m a positive person and think, ‘What’s the solution to this?’ People want to do something. But they don’t know how.”

Which is where Earthbeat comes in. “It’s inspirational and about offering solutions,” said Dell. “It’s not all doom and gloom.”

This is what makes Earthbeat different, said producer Sandra Herrington, of Tekweni Television Productions, who has vast experience in making environmental and travel programmes.

“Environmental programmes can be so depressing … I wanted to take to all this to a new level, to connect with people with an eco-life style programme and to tell the story with people,” said Herrington.

• The first of the 13-part series Earthbeat will be broadcast to 49 countries in Africa. During COP 20 in Peru from December 1 to 12, four Earthbeat programmes will be broadcast six times each.

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