Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, Puerto Rico (04:06)
Herrera learned of a proposed resort development on a fragile ecosystem. He led a successful campaign to establish a nature reserve in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor, a critical nesting ground for the endangered leatherback sea turtle.
Destiny Watford, Maryland (04:19)
Curtis Bay has been a toxic dumping ground for decades. In 2012, Watford learned of plans to build an incinerator near her high school. Her group Free Your Voice organized a campaign pressuring the state to cancel the permit.
Máxima Acuña, Peru (04:08)
Laguna Azul provides water for communities downstream. Acuña fought the Newmont Mining Corporation to prevent them from developing a gold and copper mine on her property. She has been physically attacked and arrested.
Edward Loure, Tanzania (04:00)
Loure organized his Maasai community and lobbied to claim land titles for Tanzania’s indigenous tribes. This secured their stewardship of more than 200,000 acres of traditional lands and helped to preserve their nomadic way of life.
Zuzana Caputova, Slovakia (04:02)
Caputova spearheaded a campaign to shut down a toxic waste dump that was poisoning Pezinok. After holding demonstrations, she took the issue to the Slovakian Parliament and Supreme Court.
Leng Ouch, Cambodia (04:40)
An estimated 830,000 Cambodians were forced off their land for government commercial agricultural programs. Ouch risked his life while going undercover to expose illegal logging and government corruption. The Environmental Ministry canceled 23 concessions. Robert Redford concludes the program.
Credits: From Peru to Tanzania (00:49)
Credits: From Peru to Tanzania
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