The New Environmentalists is back with a fourth Emmy win and more good news for the planet

Robert Redford tells the inspiring stories of six environmental heroes who are safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources.

The New Environmentalist 2014 - Main Banner Ruth Buendia standing in the area that would have been damned by the Pakitzapango, Ene River Valley, Peru Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize

With an environmental crisis the size of our planet, it’s no wonder many of us feel helpless. In this year’s remarkable installment of The New Environmentalists, however, people who thought they didn’t have the power are realizing that it’s already in their hands. Six unlikely heroes from around the globe prove that a healthier planet is a basic human right.

Helen Slottje speaks at a panel on fracking hosted by Gannett Newspapers

  • In Upstate New York, Helen Slottje discovers that the state constitution supports her community’s decision to ban local fracking. Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, professor of engineering at Cornell University says, “As citizens, we have the right to say no.”
  • In Peru, Asháninka leader Ruth Buendía confronts the governments of both Brazil and Peru … using their own legislation. After protecting her indigenous people from a devastating dam project, she says, “If the government has given us these legal rights, then it’s up to us to apply the law.”
  • In India, the law requires villagers’ consent before coal mines can expand their toxic use of the land. Ramesh Agrawal fights government corruption so that tribal people can enforce their right to clean air and water. He succeeds in getting illegal mining permits revoked.

With yet another Emmy win this spring and more stunning photography and inspiring characters, The New Environmentalists (formerly Global Focus) is back for an incredible eleventh year. The action-packed format hasn’t changed, but the victories are getting more powerful, thanks to a decade of environmental activism and public television’s commitment to sharing these stories. This year, celebrate our progress by traveling to Peru, South Africa, Indonesia, Russia, India and the United States to meet six ordinary citizens who realized they could make a difference for their communities and for the world.

PUBLICITY PHOTOS:

United States | Attorney Helen Slottje helped towns across New York State protect themselves from fracking by utilizing a clause in the state constitution that empowers municipalities to make local land use decisions.

Peru | Overcoming a history of traumatic violence from Peru’s civil war, Ruth Buendía united the Asháninka people in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have uprooted indigenous communities.

South Africa | Desmond D’Sa rallied south Durban’s diverse and disenfranchised communities to successfully shut down a toxic waste dump that exposed nearby residents to dangerous chemicals and violated their constitutionally protected right to a safe and clean environment.

Indonesia | A biologist by training, Rudi Putra is protecting the habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino by dismantling illegal palm oil plantations that destroy northern Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem.

Russia | An internationally recognized zoologist, Suren Gazaryan led protests and social networking campaigns exposing President Putin’s illegal use of federally protected forests near the Black Sea.

India | With a small Internet café as his headquarters, Ramesh Agrawal organized indigenous people to demand their right to information and succeeded in shutting down one of the largest proposed coal mines in Chhattisgarh.

Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.

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