Deadly smog, piles of burning garbage, no recycling – on the first Earth Day in 1970, the Bay Area looked vastly different than it does today. But much of the progress since then is thanks to a small, but dedicated group of everyday Bay Area residents who decided it was time for a change. This Earth Day, QUEST meets the local environmental heroes who preserved the Bay Area’s water, air and open space for generations to come, and looks ahead to the environmental challenges that are yet to be solved.

Who are your SF Bay environmental heroes? Let us know in your comments below.

Producer’s Notes — Earth Day Special: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Headed 15 March,2016Josh Rosen

  • Arin Weitzman

    I am so inspired and optimistic after having watched this history of the bay since 1969.
    Thank you.


Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen was the TV Series Producer for QUEST from 2007-2009. He is a senior writer and producer specializing in documentary series and factual programming. Over the last decade he's produced a wide range of non-fiction hours, covering everything from Antarctic expeditions to Civil War history. With a background in feature film, Josh spent four years working with legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog on multiple documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," "Wings of Hope," and "Klaus Kinski: My Best Fiend." His more recent projects are currently airing on the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, and worldwide through Granada Media and RDF Television.

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