A lifelong activist for wilderness, a wholesome environment, and peace and social justice, Michael Frome, at age 95, has stories to tell. A strong and principled journalist since the 1960s, he is one to tell the truth about our public lands and parks. He has always been passionate about telling stories about the management of federal public lands. His stories and reports have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He is also a prolific author of many books as well. Because of his outspoken views on the threats to public lands, he was fired from several jobs. However, he would not be silenced, he continued to report on topics such as clear cutting forests and the influence of logging, grazing, mining and hydropower threats to public lands.
How important is freshwater to the ocean? According to former Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary manager, Edward Ueber, the freshwater that flows through estuaries to the sea are critical for the survival of marine life. He explains that we need to maintain freshwater flows to the ocean rather than building desalination plants. Ed has a compelling solution to the problem.
Don't let his modesty fool you. Michael Wright takes his relay races seriously! Michael shares his view about operating "along the edges" of the environmental movement. In nature, ecologists know that this is the zone where the greatest biological diversity exists. A lawyer by education, Michael is extremely agile at maneuvering among the complexities found in this zone. His 35-year career illustrates his special ability in advancing international conservation and poverty alleviation.
Wonderful story told by Joe Garbarino Jr., a self-described scavenger, now Chairman of the Board of Marin Sanitary Service (MSS). Joe shares the story of his beginnings with MSS and explains how he started one of the first and most successful recycling programs in the state of California. Marin Sanitary's recycling program currently recycles up to 75% percent of the collected solid waste. Joe also shares his plastic bag story; it will make you smile. Because of his dedication and success in recycling, Joe admits he has become an environmentalist along the way. Joe is now on the quest to find additional and more creative ways to recycle the last 25% of the waste left over from the MSS collection.
A story about how a small handful of people defeated a nuclear reactor project at Bodega Head (1958-1964). This project was forced on citizens of California's North Coast by the state's largest utility, its largest university, and one of the largest and most powerful government agencies in existence at the time. Hear David Pesonen's story about how he learned about the corruption and danger that was lurking behind this sinister project at Bodega Head and how a small group of active citizens put it to rest forever. At the Bodega Head north of San Francisco, California, one can observe the actual "Hole in the Head" where PG&E had excavated the footings for the nuclear plant right alongside the San Andreas Fault.
It all begins with a love of nature for Hank Phibbs, a retired attorney in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Hank's passion for wilderness and his due diligence helped him to reach an agreement with senators, representatives, the US Forest Service, USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) and the Department of the Interior Board of Land Appeals to overturn damaging oil and gas leasing in a part of what is now the Gros Ventre Wilderness in Montana.