Who cares about San Francisco Bay? They are the Baykeepers! Michael Herz founded the San Francisco Baykeeper 25 years ago to keep the San Francisco Bay clean by enforcing the Clean Water Act through citizen monitoring and reporting.
Tracey Woodruff pursued a Ph.D. in bio-engineering with a goal to be more involved in public health issues. She found a position at USEPA at a time when the agency was beginning to focus on issues of environmental toxics and the health of children and minorities. Hear Tracey's story about how she found her calling working in the field of environmental health and environmental justice.
Have you heard of Copper River salmon? What about the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 24, 1989? This massive oil spill off the shore of Cordova, Alaska horrified local fisherman and devastated the community when the Prince William Sound fishery stocks collapsed. Without fish, the economic base of the community was destroyed. Riki Ott shares her story about how she mobilized the community to help in the recovery, and how her experience awakened the need to make corporations more responsible for their actions.
How are International worker rights related to health of the environment as well as occupational health and safety? Human rights champion and president of Social Accountability International (SAI) explains how regulations like SAI 8000 protects workers from exploitation.
Hans van Zijst is the founder of the International Network of Green Planners. He reports how the Netherlands is doing with issues related to environmental health (e.g. water quality, air quality). Hans notes that PM10 and PM2.5, small particulate matter, in inner cities is still an issue that stills needs to be addressed in Europe as well as in most cities.
Why should we be concerned about the inherent integrity of the natural world? Claire Hope Cummings, an environmental attorney, awakened her profound interest in the environment when she realized that there was both a cultural and spiritual component of place. In this video, Claire speaks about the spirituality of place, our relationship to nature and to indigenous cultures.
Ms. Cummings, author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds, speaks and writes about something equally important: ethical considerations about how corporations have taken ownership of the genes in our bodies and reengineered our sacred native seeds for industrial agriculture.