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New Environmentalists

Next Airing: Thu, Oct 28th, 2021 at 10:30 AM on UEN-TV

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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 squarely in harm's way to battle intimidating adversaries for environmental justice in their communities. Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.


  • From Peru to Tanzania

    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. -- Forest Sentinel 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.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 28th, 2021 at 10:30 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:47
    Usage rights: 7/1/2017 to 8/31/2022
  • From Myanmar to Scotland

    Haiti – Jean Weiner is reviving his impoverished country’s drastically depleted marine life by restoring the coral reefs and by planting over a million mangrove trees to combat deforestation and coastal degradation. Myanmar – Facing heavy government scrutiny, Myint Zaw, an accomplished photojournalist, launched a series of art exhibits to halt construction of the Myitsone Dam on the treasured Irrawaddy River. Honduras – Bertha Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people to wage a grassroots protest that successfully pressured the government and their corporate ally to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam. Kenya – Phyllis Omido stood up to her employer when she learned that lead emissions from their smelting factory were contaminating the air, water and soil resulting in horrific illnesses and deaths in the nearby community. Canada – A former tribal chief, Marilyn Baptiste led her native community in defeating proposed gold and copper mines that would have destroyed Fish Lake—a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for her people. Scotland – Howard Wood, an amateur diver, put an end to destructive scallop dredging in order to restore the marine ecosystem by establishing the first community-developed Marine Protected Area in Scotland.

    Next Airing: Thu, Nov 4th, 2021 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:47
    Usage rights: 7/1/2017 to 8/31/2022
  • From Ithica to the Amazon

    Home Rules New York Attorney Helen Slottje helped towns across New York state protect themselves from fracking, when she utilized a clause in the state constitution that empowers municipalities to make local land use decisions. Dirty Business India With a small internet café as his headquarters, Ramesh Agrawal organized indigenous people to demand their right to information and succeeded in shutting down one of the largest proposed coal mines in Chhattisgarh, India. Corrupting Nature Russia An internationally recognized zoologist, Suren Gazaryan led protests and social networking campaigns exposing Russian President Putin’s illegal use of federally protected forests near the Black Sea. Eagle Eyes Peru Overcoming a history of traumatic violence, Ruth Buendía united the Asháninka people in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have uprooted indigenous communities that were recovering from Peru’s brutal civil war. Habitat for the Endangered Indonesia A biologist by training, Rudi Putra is protecting the habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino by dismantling illegal palm oil plantations that are destroying northern Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem. A Segregated Environment South Africa Desmond D’Sa rallied south Durban’s diverse and disenfranchised communities to successfully shut down a toxic waste dump that exposed nearby residents to dangerous chemicals and violated their constitutionally protected right to a safe and clean environment.

    Next Airing: Thu, Nov 4th, 2021 at 9:30 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:46
    Usage rights: 7/1/2017 to 8/31/2022
  • From Chicago to the Karoo

    South Africa Jonathan Deal is leading a concerted campaign against fracking that threatens the Karoo, where sparse desert and majestic mountains converge to create an agriculture heartland and flourishing wildlife reserves. Iraq The Mesopatamia Marshes had been a vital life force for centuries until Saddam Hussein destroyed them. Azzam Alwash has taken on the challenge of restoring the wetlands to their original splendor. Italy An elementary school teacher began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in his small Tuscan town that grew into a national Zero Waste movement that is spreading across Europe. West Timor When Indonesian marble mining companies began to exploit the pristine mountains surrounding her homeland, Mama Aleta Baun organized villagers in a peaceful weaving protest that halted the mining. Chicago A mother of three led local residents in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country's oldest and dirtiest coal fired power plants — and is now transforming the troubled sites into community parks. Colombia Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohrah Padilla organized marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of Bogota’s waste management system.

    Next Airing: Thu, Nov 4th, 2021 at 10:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:45
    Usage rights: 7/1/2017 to 8/31/2022
  • From Kenya to the Arctic Circle

    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 surrounding their barrio and across Argentina. The Arctic Garden Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat indigenous leader, takes aim at the threat of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Sea which threatens her people and the region’s biodiversity. Voice of the Voiceless Father Edu Gariguez, a Catholic priest on the Philippine Island of Mindoro, lead a courageous hunger strike to try to halt construction of a dangerous nickel mine. Home to Turkana Ikal Angelei returned to her homeland in Kenya to lead an effort to stop construction on a $60 billion dam that would seriously threaten Lake Turkana and the people whose survival depends on it. Supply Chain Ma Jun created a website to mobilize the Chinese citizens to challenge the corporate sources of some of the world’s worst air and water pollution.

    Next Airing: Thu, Nov 4th, 2021 at 10:30 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 7/1/2017 to 8/31/2022



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