Improving Environment By Changing The World: Environmental Justice – Rising from the Flames

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From the oil fields in Nigeria to an Ohio school yard downwind from a toxic incinerator, to a Richmond, California community surrounded by industry, inspiring stories of tragedy and the heroic victories of everyday people who are standing up to the deadly practices of big business polluters. 


Terri Swearingen, RN, is an environmental and public health activist renowned for her struggles against dioxin-producing incinerators, especially the infamous WTI (the nation's largest) incinerator sited right next to a school in East Liverpool, Ohio. She founded the Tri-state Environmental Council (Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania), testified before EPA, National Academy of Science and congressional committees and has won countless accolades from sources as varied as Time, E, Mother Jones, Glamour and the Presbyterian Church as well as the prestigious Goldman Prize for environmental activism , and the Ohio Environmental Council Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Henry Clark, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the West County Toxics Coalition in Richmond, California, a community heavily impacted by chemical plants, oil refineries and superfund sites. Henry was a co-founder of California Communities Against Toxics. 

Carwil James, Ph.D. is an Oil Campaign Coordinator for Project Undergound which works to provide informational, technical, legal and scientific support to communities facing oil, gas and mining operations; as well as to campaign in support of communities adversely affected by these industries. 

Bioneers Series II: Improving Environment By Changing The World includes the following programs: 

  • BN201 Part 1: Re-Imagining Design: Becoming Tools of Nature
  • BN202 Part 2: Gaian Wonders of the Co-Evolutionary Dance
  • BN203 Part 3: Environmental Justice – Rising from the Flames
  • BN204 Part 4: Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
  • BN205 Part 5: Tree of Knowledge - Tree of Life: Towards an                            Agriculture of Relationships
  • BN206 Part 6: Rewilding The Earth: Nurturing The Web Of Life Lunch
  • BN207 Part 7: Globalization: The Environment and Living Toward                   the Local
  • BN208 Part 8: Knowledge From Intimacy: Revaluing The Feminine
  • BN209 Part 9: Honoring the Heritage of Black Farmers on the Land
  • BN210 Part 10First Nations and the Future of the Earth
  • BN211 Part 11: Global Green Plan and Urban Design
  • BN212 Part 12: The Age of Extinction and the Emerging                                     Environmental Health Movement
  • BN213 Part 13: Nature and Spirit: It's All Alive

The Bioneers series consists of three sets of 13 programs each:

Bioneers Series I: The Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature
Bioneers Series II "Improving Environment By Changing The World
Bioneers Series III 

Inspired by the philosophies of the Deep Ecology movement, the Bioneers are heroic examples of people living as if nature mattered. Join us as we look deeply into the magic and mystery of the convergence between leading-edge science and ancient wisdom for a Declaration of Interdependence for the new millennium. Though these programs were produced in the 1990s the contents of this series are timelessly relevant. 

HOST: Michael Toms     INTERVIEW DATE: 10/19/2000            PROGRAM NUMBER: BN203