Global Focus VII - The New Environmentalists| 26mins
Director: Tom Dusenbery, WIll Parrinello & John Antonelli | Producer: John Antonelli, Will Parrinello & Tom Dusenbery
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: United States
Global Focus VII - The New Environmentalists the latest installment of an Emmy award-winning series featuring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists. They are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm's way to battle intimidating adversaries, while often creating partnerships with unlikely allies. The New Environmentalis hare a common goal: safeguarding the Earth's natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for environmental justice in their communities. In this episode, Michigan is the homeland of Lynn Henning, a courageous family farmer, who has boldly exposed the polluting practices of livestock factory farms in her area, gaining the attention of the EPA. Cuba has shifted from chemical dependence to organic practices of sustainable farming, thanks to Humberto Ríos Labrada, a visionary scientist, and his collaboration with farmers to increase crop diversity. Costa Rica is ground zero for the brutal and environmentally catastrophic practice of shark-finning, which drove Randall Arauz to spawn a powerful movement to stop the senseless slaughter. Cambodia was once the setting for the notorious killing fields3.Tuy Sereivathana, a survivor of the genocide, has introduced creative solutions for protecting both the rural farmers fields and the endangered Asian elephants who try to eat the crops. Poland was in danger of losing its most precious ancient forest until Malgorzata Górska, a young activist, successfully led the fight to stop a major highway that would have jeopardized the wildlife and vegetation in the pristine Rospuda Valley. Swaziland is one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa. Thuli Makama, the country's only environmental attorney, is spearheading a 20-year battle between private game park owners and the indigenous people whom they have evicted, brutalized and even killed for mere suspicion of poaching.