Simon Reeve begins his North American journey in Alaska, in the shadow of the highest mountain on the continent, Mount Denali. Here, he meets an extraordinary pilot who flies him to a vast glacier to witness dramatic evidence of one of the planet’s greatest challenges – the warming of the Arctic. Simon hunts caribou with indigenous people who fear their ancient way of life is threatened, and learns about the prospect of oil drilling in one the most precious nature reserves in the US. Crossing into Canada, Simon discovers an unexpected side to a country that some regard as ‘nice, progressive and green’. In reality, Canada faces extreme social problems and environmental devastation. In an area of Vancouver heavily affected by drugs, Simon meets an inspiring community activist whose work has saved more than 1,000 lives.
Having seen Simon Reeve’s other travel documentaries in the past, one can say this one is his most ambitious journey yet as he traverses the entire length of the Americas
The Americas with Simon Reeve is on BBC Two Tonight at 09.00pm
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