The New Environmentalists – From Peru to Tanzania

John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Tom Dusenbery, Andrew Black, Vicente Franco, Kalyanee Mam, Robin Mortarotti, Quinn Costello, Todd Miro, Robert Redford | 2016 | 29 min.

2017 Official Selection

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.
Destiny’s Bay | United States – Destiny Watford organized her classmates to prevent construction of the nation’s largest incinerator in a Baltimore neighborhood less than one mile from their high school.

Under Cover | Cambodia – Leng Ouch risked his life when he went undercover to expose illegal logging and government corruption that was rampant in Cambodia.

The Decree | Slovakia – Public interest lawyer Zuzana Caputova spearheaded a campaign to shut down a toxic waste dump that was poisoning her community. Her efforts took her all the way to the Supreme Court.

Water Song | Peru – Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, stood up to the giant Newmont Mining Corporation over the development of a gold and copper mine on her property.

The Pastorialist | Tanzania – Edward Loure organized his Masaai community and lobbied to claim land titles for Tanzania’s indigenous tribes, thus securing their stewardship of more than 200,000 acres of traditional lands.

The Last Resort | Puerto Rico – Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera led a successful campaign to establish a nature reserve in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor, a critical nesting ground for the endangered leatherback sea turtle.

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

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