What is going on when robins fall out of the sky and die? This pressing question is asked by a young daughter to her father. It is also the first step in the journey that led Riki Ott to her passion in life. Riki later became a marine biologist and toxicologist and was one of the first to respond to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound Alaska. Another video in this series describes the disaster [Moving Ideas Into Action] - watch as Part II to this story.  Here is a quick link: http://theforcesofnature.com/movies/riki-ott/  

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.

Radicalism and participatory democracy intersect at Tom Hayden. Tom became an activist in the early 1960s when he was a "freedom rider" in the south and president of the Students for a Democratic Society. Tom shares his thoughts about his 50 years of activity in civil disobedience, marches, direct action, and ultimately how and why he came to represent the people in California state office.

Do you really want to make a difference? Randy Hayes, Executive Director of Foundation Earth believes that our solutions must be commensurate with the problems at hand.  Each of us can be powerful in creating change, as he well knows from many years of environmental activism.  Randy recommends that we act with the understanding that the earth is comprised of multiple interactive systems, a concept embraced in the science of ecology. We can choose to manage brush fires, which will reoccur in other locations, or we can try to affect systemic change, which is our best hope for solving global issues such as climate change or other large scale issues.

How does a wildlife field biologist become the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service? Jack Ward Thomas,  a wildlife biologist, professor, and former Chief of the USFS talks about his love of public lands, his role in securing critical habitat for the endangered Northern spotted owl and the serious tradeoffs that were a consequence of this scientific and political decision.

An inspirational video about Andy Lipkis and how he founded TreePeople, his struggle to share the importance of trees and how his work has taught him that each of us really do make a difference in what choices we make every day. His story about the values of one oak tree and the services that it provides is not to be missed. Andy also provides insight into building healthier and more resilient cities.