The popular demand for avocados, once considered an "exotic" item, is having a devastating impact on a drought-stricken community in Chile. Lying within one of the largest avocado producing regions in the country, Petorca avocado plantations are in a battle over water rights, where claims of illegal water diversion is creating civil unrest.
The realities of milk production are forcing dairy communities across the globe to rethink the dairy production process. In this episode, we travel to a village in Kenya where the commercialization of camel milk is proving a sustainable solution in the face of drought. In Northern California, the heart of the U.S. dairy industry is finding innovative alternatives to limit the use of water and manure emissions.
In 2019, sixteen children from across the world, including Greta Thunberg filed a historical, global lawsuit petitioning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold five of the world's leading economic powers accountable for inaction on the climate crisis. All 16 young people are alarmed by the changes they see in their homelands and this episode profiles four of these young environmentalists in California, Alaska, South Africa and the Marshall Islands.
South Africa faces a stark reality. It is the continent's largest greenhouse gas emitter. More than 80% of power generation comes from coal, with 11 coal power plants turning the province of Mpumalanga into one of the most polluted areas of the world. Locals grow up suffering inescapable chronic respiratory diseases. As the world moves away from fossil fuels and major global investors pull out, renewable energy fights to forge the future. The tension is palpable among the government, coal producers, workers, and the environment in a post-apartheid South Africa facing pressing developmental challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Wind and solar have enormous potential for the future of South Africa's energy system but will the country move forward quickly enough or miss a window of opportunity to plan for an inclusive renewable energy future?
When Peru's President Martin Vizcarra came to power in 2018, one of his first priorities was to gain control over the devastating outbreak of illegal gold mining operations in the Amazonian state of Madre De Dios. In February 2019, the government launched Operation Mercury, a decisive action to shut down La Pampa, an entire town built around an illegal gold mine. This episode follows chief environmental prosecutor Karina Garay as she works with the police, army and navy in destroying illegal mines and arresting miners in protected areas, while retraining illegal miners and persuading them to join the formalized mining operations.
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