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Running Time: 75 minutes
Country: Ecuador, Belgium, Mozambique, Puerto Rico...
Cast: Robert Redford [Narrates]
Director: John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Tom Dusenbery
Description: [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]
Global Focus V- The New Environmentalists features intimate portraits of seven passionate and dedicated activists. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle corrupt governments, greedy corporations and other intimidating adversaries. Their goal: safeguarding the Earth's natural resources from shortsighted exploitation and unbridled pollution. The stories feature:
Belgium, where a naturalist raised 90 million Euros and used a unique model to conceive, design and run his country’s first and only national park.
Mexico, where a farm leader helps his people use ancient technology to grow their traditional crop, while preserving water and preventing erosion.
Siberia, where Bikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake, is being vigorously protected by a local biologist who is also helping to save its rare biodiversity.
Ecuador, where two men, a lawyer and a local activist, are forcing a huge multi-national oil company to clean up 20 years of environmental damage.
Mozambique, waterborne disease is being attacked by a local musician though his music and his success teaching sustainable sanitation practices to the country’s poor.
Puerto Rico, where a local housewife organized and galvanized her greatercommunity to fight air pollution and regain a lost natural marshland legacy.
...And Global Focus IV - The New Environmentalists:
Ireland, where farmers in a remote coastal village are fighting Shell Oil in court and on the picket lines to keep a giant gas pipeline off their land;
Peru, where a crusader is protecting the rights of indigenous people whohave no contact with the outside world, by helping to save their rainforest home;
Mongolia, where a traditional herdsman helped shut down destructive gold mining operations to protect his nation's precious waterways;
Iceland, where an avid fly fisherman is restoring wild salmon to their original abundance in the North Atlantic by using a unique business model;
Zambia, where elephants had been poached to near extinction and are now on the rise due again to the sustainable farming teachings of a native son; and
Manitoba, where traditional trapping and hunting wisdom applied to a comprehensive mapping project helped save a boreal wilderness from exploitation.
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