Series: New Environmentalists
From Chicago to the Karoo
South Africa Jonathan Deal is leading a concerted campaign against fracking that threatens the Karoo, where sparse desert and majestic mountains converge to create an agriculture heartland and flourishing wildlife reserves. Iraq The Mesopatamia Marshes had been a vital life force for centuries until Saddam Hussein destroyed them. Azzam Alwash has taken on the challenge of restoring the wetlands to their original splendor. Italy An elementary school teacher began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in his small Tuscan town that grew into a national Zero Waste movement that is spreading across Europe. West Timor When Indonesian marble mining companies began to exploit the pristine mountains surrounding her homeland, Mama Aleta Baun organized villagers in a peaceful weaving protest that halted the mining. Chicago A mother of three led local residents in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country's oldest and dirtiest coal fired power plants — and is now transforming the troubled sites into community parks. Colombia Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohrah Padilla organized marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of Bogota’s waste management system.