Tom Turner, an editor with EarthJustice, tells the story about the Roadless Rule, which establishes prohibitions on road construction, road reconstruction, and timber harvesting on 58.5 million acres of inventoried roadless areas on National Forest System lands. Tom shares how the U.S. Forest Service's Roadless Rule originated with RARE (Roadless Area Review and Evaluation), how it merged into RARE II, and was successfully challenged by the State of California Resources Agency, to finally emerge years later as the Roadless Rule. Tom explains that EarthJustice had a unique role in defending this rule at a time when the federal government was absent.
How did a quiet young woman from Kansas City end up participating in a global movement to ensure that women had ownership over their production and reproduction, and how did she help to assemble and lead an institution to accomplish this?
In 1957, Michaela followed her dreams to New York City where she was employed in the male dominated world of finance at Merrill Lynch. This was the first step in her awareness that women did not have the same access to money as men did. Michaela tells the story about the origin of Women's World Banking, a global institution that has granted micro loans to women in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America. This institution has improved the lives of women, their communities, and families throughout the world.
Mono Lake, the oldest lake in California, was once a source of water that was diverted to Los Angeles. In 1978, the Mono Lake Committee waged a battle to save the lake from being completely drained. Jim Canaday was the Senior Environmental Scientist with the California State Water Resources Control Board responsible for overseeing the restoration of Mono Lake. Jim tells a story about how the state finally recognized the Public Trust in the 1994 landmark "Audubon Decision".
This is a story of two individuals, Mike and Patricia McCoy, who were undeterred by threats to their life, as a result of their successful campaign to protect their beloved local estuary from development. Their story is a wonderful example of how their love of a special place can inspire courage and change one's life for the better.
Both Mike and Patricia are also interviewed separately, so please take a look at the separate interviews as well.