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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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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 illustrate how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change. This episode profiles community leaders starting a cooperatively owned renewable power company in Germany, moving Zimbabwe’s rhinoceros population to safety from poachers, protecting a Texas community from industrial air pollution, blocking construction of a gold mine in El Salvador, protecting wildlife from oil and gas development in Russia, and campaigning to clean a polluted river in Indonesia.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL162910

ISBN: 978-1-64481-241-9

Copyright date: ©2011

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