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Azzam Alwash, Iraq (04:12)


The Mesopotamia Marshlands are the Middle East's largest ecosystem and was essential for indigenous Sumerians until Saddam Hussein destroyed them to flush out rebel forces. Alwash led an effort to restore the wetlands.

Nohra Padilla, Colombia (04:13)

Companies denied Bogota’s poor residents access to landfills. Padilla organized marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of Bogota’s waste management system.

Jonathan Deal, South Africa (04:10)

Deal led a campaign against Shell's fracking plans that threaten the Karoo, a biodiverse agricultural region and wildlife habitat. His legal action resulted in a national moratorium on shale gas exploration.

Mama Aleta Baun, Indonesia (03:55)

When the government began issuing permits to marble companies to exploit the mountains, Baun organized villagers in a peaceful weaving protest that halted the mining. She received threats during the occupation.

Kim Wasserman, Illinois (04:13)

Aging coal powered plants contributed to health issues in Chicago's Mexican-American neighborhoods. Wasserman led residents in a grassroots campaign to shut down two plants and is now transforming the sites into neighborhood parks.

Rossano Ercolini, Italy (04:33)

Elementary school teacher Ercolini began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in Capannori, Tuscany. The town's recycling system grew into a national Zero Waste movement spreading across Europe. Robert Redford concludes the program.

Credits: From Chicago to the Karoo (00:52)

Credits: From Chicago to the Karoo

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From Chicago to the Karoo

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 restoring the Mesopotamia Marshlands in Iraq, organizing and integrating waste pickers into Bogota’s waste management system, leading an anti-fracking campaign in South Africa, organizing peaceful resistance to mining in Indonesia, shutting down coal-fired power plants in Chicago, and replacing incinerators with recycling systems in Italy.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: FMK162912

ISBN: 978-1-64481-243-3

Copyright date: ©2013

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