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Global Focus IV (Episode #2007H)
KQED World: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 -- 9:30 PM
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. Canada | Working on behalf of the Poplar River First Nation, Sophia Rabliauskas succeeded in securing interim protection for the boreal forest of Manitoba, effectively preventing destructive logging and hydro-power development while calling on government and international agencies to permanently protect the region. Zambia | In Zambia's North Luangwa Valley, where rampant illegal wildlife poaching decimated the wild elephant population and left villagers living in extreme poverty, Hammerskjoeld Simwinga created an innovative, sustainable community development program that successfully restored wildlife and transformed this poverty-stricken area. Mongolia | Tsetsegee Munkhbayar successfully worked with government and grassroots organizations to shut down destructive mining operations along Mongolia's scarce waterways. Through public education and political lobbying, Munkhbayar has effectively protected Mongolia's precious water resources from additional unregulated mining. Peru | In the remote Peruvian Amazon, Julio Cusurichi secured a national reserve to protect both sensitive rain forest ecosystems and the rights of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation from the devastating effects of logging and mining. Ireland | In the small farming community of Ross Port, Willie Corduff and a group of fellow local residents and landowners successfully forced Shell Oil to halt construction on an illegally-approved pipeline through their land. Iceland | With business savvy and an unwavering commitment to reverse the near-extinction of North Atlantic wild salmon, Orri Vigf?sson brokered huge international fishing rights buyouts with governments and commercial interests, helping bring to an end destructive commercial salmon fishing in the region. Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.