The New Environmentalists: ordinary people effecting extraordinary change

Mill Valley Film Group teams up with Robert Redford to highlight environmental heroes.

Lake Turkana


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. From Kenya to the Arctic Circle, Moscow to Mindoro Island, the stories take place in exotic locations around the world.

The New Russia | In the face of rampant political corruption, Evgenia Chirikova is mobilizing her fellow Russian citizens to reroute a highway that would destroy Moscow’s Khimki Forest.

The Mothers of Ituzaingo | Sofia Gatica’s infant daughter died as a result of pesticide poisoning. Now she’s organizing local women to stop the indiscriminate spraying of toxic agrochemicals on the soy fields across Argentina.

The Arctic Garden | Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat indigenous leader, takes aim at offshore oil drilling that threatens her people and the biodiversity in the Arctic Sea.

Voice of the Voiceless | Father Edu Gariguez, a Catholic priest on the Philippine Island of Mindoro, led a courageous hunger strike to stop a nickel mine that endangered the indigenous people’s way of life.

Home to Turkana | Ikal Angelei returned to her homeland in Kenya to stop construction on a $60 billion dam that would imperil Lake Turkana and the people whose survival depends on it.

Supply Chain | Ma Jun created a website that provided air and water pollution data to Chinese citizens, empowering them to hold corporations accountable for their irresponsible, toxic manufacturing practices.


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The New Environmentalists: ordinary people effecting extraordinary change 6 August,2012Katie Koskenmaki

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