Mill Valley Film Group teams up with Robert Redford to highlight environmental heroes.
The New Environmentalists share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group’s Emmy Award-winning series featuring inspiring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support.
South Africa | Jonathan Deal is leading a concerted campaign against fracking that threatens the Karoo, where sparse desert and majestic mountains converge to create an agriculture heartland and flourishing wildlife reserves.
Iraq | The Mesopotamia Marshes had been a vital life force for centuries until Saddam Hussein destroyed them. Azzam Alwash has taken on the challenge of restoring the wetlands to their original splendor.
Italy | An elementary school teacher, Roassano Ercolini began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in his Tuscan town that he grew into a national Zero Waste movement that is spreading across Europe.
Indonesia | When marble mining companies began to exploit the sacred mountains of her West Timor homeland, Mama Aleta Baun organized villagers in a peaceful weaving protest that halted the mining.
United States | A mother of three led her Chicago community in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country’s oldest and dirtiest coal fired power plants – Kimberly Wasserman is now transforming the sites into parks.
Colombia | Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohra Padilla organized marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of Bogota’s waste management system.
Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are affecting extraordinary change.
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