Series: New Environmentalists
From Peru to Tanzania
Destiny's Bay United States – Destiny Watford organized her classmates to prevent construction of the nation’s largest incinerator in a Baltimore neighborhood less than one mile from their high school. -- Forest Sentinel Cambodia – Leng Ouch risked his life when he went undercover to expose illegal logging and government corruption that was rampant in Cambodia. -- The Decree Slovakia – Public interest lawyer Zuzana Caputova spearheaded a campaign to shut down a toxic waste dump that was poisoning her community. Her efforts took her all the way to the Supreme Court. -- Water Song Peru – Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer in Peru’ s northern highlands, stood up to the giant Newmont Mining Corporation over the development of a gold and copper mine on her property. -- The Pastorialist Tanzania – Edward Loure organized his Masaai community and lobbied to claim land titles for Tanzania’s indigenous tribes, thus securing their stewardship of more than 200, 000 acres of traditional lands. -- The Last Resort Puerto Rico – Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera led a successful campaign to establish a nature reserve in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor, a critical nesting ground for the endangered leatherback sea turtle.