Bali Rice Terrace

Global Focus VI

In this episode of "The New Environmentalists" hear the stories of seven individuals safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and unbridled pollution, while fighting for environmental justice in their communities. The stories feature:

Maria Gunnoe | USA – where a fifth generation Appalachian native put herself at risk by battling Mountaintop Removal coal mining that was destroying her family’s valley.

Yuyun Ismawati | Indonesia – where a woman helped solve Bali’s waste management crisis by organizing and training poor communities to start profitable recycling businesses.

Wanze Eduards & Hugo Jabini | Suriname – where two indigenous leaders organized their communities against logging on native lands, leading to a landmark ruling to control resource exploitation.

Rizwana Hasan | Bangladesh – where an environmental lawyer won a decisive victory against her country’s powerful “ship breaking” industry for decades of ecological and worker abuse

Olga Speranskaya | Russia – where a scientist has created a massive educational network to help identify and eliminate the Soviet legacy of toxic chemicals in the environment.

Marc Ona | Gabon – where a crusader stood up to the government at the highest level to help save a majestic waterfall and rainforest from an iron mine.

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