Ignace Schops, Belgium (04:22)
Inspired to preserve Flanders wilderness, naturalist Schops and his organization began by building a bicycle network. Then they raised 90 million Euros and negotiated with local mining operations to establish Belgium's first national park. Learn about its unique civic participation model.
Jesus Leon Santos, Mexico (04:05)
Grazing has eroded hillsides in Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca. Farm leader Santos founded a community organization to promote using ancient technology to grow corn, while preserving water and preventing erosion. They have planted trees, saved native seeds, and reduced immigration to the U.S.
Marina Rikhvanova, Russia (04:12)
Lake Baikal is the world's oldest lake, with a biodiverse ecosystem. Biologist Rikhvanova co-founded an organization focusing on environmental protection and sustainable development. They led protests pressuring Putin to move oil pipeline construction to a safe distance from the lake.
Pablo Fajardo and Luis Yanza, Ecuador (04:40)
Decades of oil exploitation has damaged Ecuador's natural resources and people. Fajardo and Yanza are representing 30,000 plaintiffs against Chevron, alleging its responsibility for cleaning toxic waste and improving public health and safety. Cancer rates have skyrocketed among local tribes.
Feliciano Dos Santos, Mozambique (04:03)
Musician and polio survivor Dos Santos founded Estamos to address waterborne disease. Through his music, he teaches sustainable sanitation practices to villages. These include installing clean water wells and EcoSan latrines, which also provide safe fertilizer for crops.
Rosa Hilda Ramos, Puerto Rico (04:15)
Cataño resident Ramos witnessed the negative effects of emissions from petroleum plants in her community. She organized a campaign to fight air pollution, sued the power plant, and used the money to restore a natural marshland. Robert Redford concludes the program.
Credits: Global Focus V (00:54)
Credits: Global Focus V
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