What does an environmental attorney do to protect the environment? Plenty! Mike Sherwood shares a few stories of his legal work in Hawaii (in the U.S. Attorney's office) and from his private practice in California. In Hawaii he helped to protect Honolulu harbor from oil spills from large shipping companies and he prosecuted trespassers on remote Hawaii Islands. His diligence in protecting the ancient redwood forests paid off with the addition of important heritage forests to Redwood National Park in northern 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.
For over 30 years, Joanna Rogers Macy has been teaching in workshops and trainings that help people move through their despair and denial about nuclear proliferation and ecological destruction and to act with a renewed sense of purpose. In this interview, she highlights the paradox of our material worldview, and the joy of greening the self, seeing ourselves as part of earth's ecology, which she has written about extensively.
Michael Wright, former director of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, shares a snapshot of his 35-years of experience in land conservation. In developing countries, how does conservation affect the poor and subsistence populations in areas targeted for parks? How can we better negotiate international conservation projects so that the projects balance competing interests? Michael has spent his career working on this issue and shares a few ideas.
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.
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/