2012 The New Environmentalists: From Kenya to the Arctic Circle
The New Environmentalists share a common goal, safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution. The program features portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists around the globe who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries for environmental justice in their communities. Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.
The New Russia | In the face of rampant political corruption, Evgenia Chirikova is mobilizing her fellow Russian citizens to reroute a highway that would destroy Moscow’s Khimki Forest.
The Mothers of Ituzaingo | Sofia Gatica’s infant daughter died as a result of pesticide poisoning. Now she’s organizing local women to stop the indiscriminate spraying of toxic agrochemicals on the soy fields surrounding their barrio and across Argentina.
The Arctic Garden |Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat indigenous leader, takes aim at the threat of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Sea which threatens her people and the region’s biodiversity.
Voice of the Voiceless | Father Edu Gariguez, a Catholic priest on the Philippine Island of Mindoro, lead a courageous hunger strike to try to halt construction of a dangerous nickel mine.
Home to Turkana | Ikal Angelei returned to her homeland in Kenya to lead an effort to stop construction on a $60 billlion dam that would seriously threaten Lake Turkana and the people whose survival depends on it.
Supply Chain | Ma Jun created a website to mobilize the Chinese citizens to challenge the corporate sources of some of the world’s worst air and water pollution.