When is a walk something special? When you "walk on your work", says Steve Costa. This video explains Steve's beginnings as community organizer and program manager with The Trust For Public Land. Steve's early work involved creating the very first land trusts and neighborhood parks and gardens in Oakland California.
Robert Garcia shares his story about The City Project, which he founded in Los Angeles in 2000. The City Project exists to build support for city parks as a civil rights issue for communities of color. The City Project is based on the idea that children in the inner cities deserve to have a safe, green, place to play. In order to appreciate nature, children must first experience it for themselves. Robert explains why this issue is important to him.
Ed Ueber, a former sanctuary manager (Gulf of the Farallones, Cordell Bank) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been integral to ocean management and policy since the 1970s. He has worked successfully with fisherman, political figures, and shipping interests to protect ocean life. Ed shares his wisdom about the ocean, our relationship to it, and how we successfully can work with people who disagree with us.
Joseph Sax, famous for his legal paper about the public trust doctrine that eventually saved Mono Lake, speaks about water policy and how water is managed. Professor Sax's pragmatic views on water policy are discussed.
The small country of the Netherlands has a population of over 17 million people. Hans van Zijst talks about how planning and zoning work in the Netherlands and how such a very small country can still preserve areas for open space/recreation, agricultural, and natural resources. An expert in Green Plans, Hans explains how the Netherlands is zoned in a way that keeps the country green.
Land use attorney, Tony (Antonio) Rossmann, gives a clear and compelling interview about how the ancient Public Trust Doctrine applied to the Mono Lake decision as well as other important land use decisions in California. In 1983, early in the battle to save Mono Lake, the Supreme Court of California ruled that Mono Lake had “public trust values” that must be considered in any decisions about the lake’s water. Tony was instrumental in the Mono Lake public trust litigation case, which allowed the lake to be restored as an important ecological area. Since the California Supreme Court’s decision in 1983, which is considered one of the top ten environmental law cases of the 20th century, the Public Trust Doctrine continues to be used to protect natural resources in the United States.