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Helen and David Slottje, New York (04:20)


The Slottjes used their experience as corporate lawyers to fight fracking in their community. They helped other towns protect themselves by utilizing a clause in the state constitution that empowers municipalities to make local land use decisions.

Ramesh Agrawal, India (04:22)

Coal mining damaged Chhattisgarh's environment and people. Agrawal organized indigenous people to demand their right to information and shut down one of the largest proposed coal mines. He survived an assassination attempt for exposing corruption.

Suren Gazaryan, Russia (03:54)

Logging, housing development, and tourism in the Krasnodar region threatened bat habitats. Gazaryan led protests and social networking campaigns exposing Russian President Putin’s illegal use of federally protected forests near the Black Sea.

Ruth Buendia Mestoquiari, Peru (04:11)

Governments of Brazil and Peru signed an energy agreement without consulting indigenous groups. Buendía united the Asháninka people in a campaign against large-scale hydroelectric dams that would have uprooted indigenous communities still recovering from Peru’s civil war.

Rudi Putra, Sumatra (03:57)

Putra protects the critically endangered Sumatran rhino's habitat by dismantling illegal palm oil plantations that are destroying the Leuser Ecosystem. He built a coalition of groups that would be negatively affected by forest exploitation.

Desmond D’Sa, South Africa (04:26)

D’Sa rallied Durban’s diverse and disenfranchised communities to shut down a toxic waste dump that exposed nearby residents to dangerous chemicals and violated their constitutionally protected right to a safe and clean environment. Robert Redford concludes the program.

Credits: From Ithaca to the Amazon (00:51)

Credits: From Ithaca to the Amazon

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From Ithaca to the Amazon

Part of the Series : The New Environmentalists
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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 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. This episode profiles community leaders empowering municipalities to protect themselves from fracking in New York, shutting down a proposed coal mine in India, exposing Putin’s illegal use of protected forests in Russia, stopping dam construction on indigenous land in Peru, dismantling palm oil plantations in Sumatra, and shutting down a toxic waste site in South Africa.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL162913

ISBN: 978-1-64481-244-0

Copyright date: ©2014

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