"The New Environmentalists: From Chicago to the Karoo" is the latest installment of the Emmy-winning series featuring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists. They are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm's way to battle intimidating adversaries, while often forging partnerships with unlikely allies. These "new environmentalists" share a common goal - safeguarding the earth's natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. They are the six winners of the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Prize, recognizing grass roots environmental activists from around the world.
This episode, narrated by actor/activist Robert Redford, details a campaign in South Africa against fracking in the Karoo region, the challenge in Iraq to restore the Mesopatamia Marshes to their original splendor, a teacher in a Tuscan town carries on an educational campaign on the dangers of incinerators, the creation of a protest in West Timor against marble mining companies, a mother who led a campaign in Chicago to shut down two of the country's dirtiest coal-fired plants, and the efforts of a Columbian who is making recycling a part of Bogota's waste management system.