STRAWS

Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. Oscar winner Tim Robbins narrates the history and story of STRAWS, and marine researchers, citizen activists, and business owners discuss how it’s possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time. STRAWS is […]

Swine Country: A Community Polluted Fighting For Change

Over the last 40 years, the hog and poultry industries of eastern North Carolina have grown tremendously, but at what cost? While the industry makes record profits, all of the animal waste has to go somewhere. And make no mistake, there are millions of tons of waste. Dedicated activists—many of whom are the neighbors, workers, […]

Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands

St. Helena Island is a rare gem on the South Carolina coastline. African Americans have farmed and fished here for centuries: first as plantation slaves, then as freedmen owning small subsistence operations. In Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands, four landowners on St. Helena struggle to make a living off […]

Pushed Up the Mountain

Over a hundred years ago, Victorian-era plant hunters traveled to southwest China and brought back “exotic” Chinese plants to the UK. Today, some of those plants are endangered in their native China. A few years back, a group of Scottish scientists re-introduced some species in Sichuan province to try and augment dwindling populations. Now, Chinese conservationists […]

Between the Rivers: The Story of The Land Between the Lakes

They had called their community “Between the Rivers” for more than 150 years because water had separated them from the rest of the world—the Cumberland to the east and the Tennessee to the west. But when the dams came and the rivers bloated into lakes, the Between the Rivers community, consisting of over 800 families, […]

Staring Down Fate

Diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Chris Lucash searches for meaning while the endangered species he dedicated himself to saving faces another potential extinction. Staring Down Fate is about 7.4 billion people and our relationship with nature as told through the life of one person. Chris’ story reveals research showing connections between pesticides, fertilizer run-off […]

Benevolence

After the stress of prison life, six women find themselves nurtured and supported in a calm, agricultural sanctuary when they move to Benevolence Farm, a transitional house on a working farm in North Carolina carefully designed to help formerly incarcerated women get back on their feet. According to the Women’s Prison Association, “There are now […]