The Rio Earth Summit was the biggest ever meeting of world leaders. A grand plan was made to save the earth, but how would it affect the lives of ordinary people? In the year of the Summit, TVE found ten mothers who would have children in 1992. In a series of award winning films, TVE has been documenting their lives ever since with regular up-dates in the Earth Report series. This year we visit Esther and her son Erdo, last seen running the gauntlet of cattle raiders and poachers in East Africa. Then we cross to the other side of the world to China and the city of Quangzhou. When TVE began filming, Cheung and his wife Liang struggled to survive in an area that was developing rapidly. In 1992 when his child Kay Kay was born pollution was something he’d worry about when the family became rich.
Now they are well off and Cheung is worried – not only about his daughter’s contaminated world, but more by the fact he rarely sees her: the city is so congested he has had to give up commuting to work and spend six nights a week separated from his wife and daughter.