Ursula and Michael Sladek, Germany (04:10)
After the Chernobyl disaster, the Sladeks formed Parents for a Nuclear Free Future. They took control of the power grid, gained political support, and raised money to create the country’s first successful, cooperatively owned, renewable power company.
Raoul Du Toit, Zimbabwe (04:04)
By 1992, poachers decimated the rhinoceros population in Zambia. Du Toit helped move Zimbabwe's population hundreds of miles away from the border. Wildlife patrol members risk death from poaching gangs. Du Toit fosters community support for conservation efforts.
Hilton Kelly, Texas (03:51)
Eight petrochemical refineries are located near Kelly's hometown. Children suffer respiratory illness and cancer rates are high. He led an air quality campaign, negotiated a good neighbor agreement with Shell Motiva, and stopped an incineration facility from being constructed.
Francisco Pineda, El Salvador (04:44)
The Pacific Rim Corporation planned a gold mine threatening the water of Pineda's farming community. He organized a resistant movement; several of his colleagues were murdered. The government suspended metallic mining permits; he continues campaigning for anti-mining legislation.
Dmitry Lisitsyn, Russia (03:56)
Oil and gas development threatens biodiversity and indigenous groups on Sakhaline Island. Lisitsyn heads an organization fighting to protect endangered wildlife and the ecosystem. Their lobbying created the Bushtasin Wildlife Refuge.
Prigi Arisandi, Indonesia (04:23)
Industrial waste and sewage contaminates the Surabaya River; the government prioritizes economic development over environmental protection. Arisandi educates children living along the riverbank and lobbies for communal waste management systems. Robert Redford concludes the program.
Credits: From the Americas to Asia (00:53)
Credits: From the Americas to Asia
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