For the first time in American history, more people (80 per-cent) are living in cities than in rural areas. Though people move to urban areas for better job prospects and a better life, this demographic shift inevitable places an enormous strain on natural resources, such as air, water, and energy reserves. Edens Lost and Found highlights what communities all across the country are doing to revive their ecosystems and, as a result, improve the quality of life of all its citizens. Award-winning filmmakers Harry Wiland and Dale Bell herald an exciting sea change in the reltionship between ordinary citzens, environmental groups, and local government. This PBS special series witnesses and records a new spirit of cooperation among neighbors, planners, architects and builders, city officials, and government agencies. Citizens and community leaders are waking up to the fact that we can-not depend on big government any-more to solve our problems. If cities are going to survive- let alone thrive- we have to come up with cheaper, cleaner, smarter ways to deal with these environmental hurdles. The four-part PBS mini-series tell the story of how four great American cities - Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Seattle- are meeting the challenges of urban renewal. We chose these four cities because they are each successfully dealing with challenges that collectively represent the spectrum of issues most urban areas can no longer ignore. Awards Winner, California Green-works' Environmental Leaders Award 2008 Winner, North American Association for Environmental Education 2007 The PBS film series Edens Lost and Found was for me a water-shed event, a beautiful rendering of the collective stories of four incredible cities, conveyed in visually affective and emotionally compelling fashion. These cities are presented not as abstractions, but rather are seen through the lens of real people and real neighborhoods grappling with contemporary urban problems, and in the end finding their way down a hopeful path. - Professor Tim Beatley, University of VA. The Edens Lost and Found Symposium at the Tree People's Center in L.A provided us an invaluable opportunity to be involved in an urban rebirth process that will sus-tain and impact us for future generations. Not only was our vision strengthened for the Chicago innercity, but confirmed as to where we want to go after seeing our dream in action in Los Angeles and so many other cities. The resources we found available were extraordinary and gave a call to action that has made an indelible impression. - Fuller Park Community Development, Chicago (2004). If I had the power to order all of the Philadelphia region to read one book, it would be: Edens Lost and Found: How Ordinary Citizens Are Restoring Our Great American Cities, by Harry Wiland and Dale Bell. And here's why: This book showcases several of Philadelphia's unsung heroes and shows us what is possible when we commit to serving our community. - Philadelphia Inquirer.