Real green heroes

For a respite from the mainstream media's celebrity-focused environmental coverage, check out the Earth Day edition of Quest from KQED-TV, San Francisco's PBS station. It's an inspiring look back at the "everyday people who helped rescue the Bay Area from environmental disaster." These are the pioneering activists "environmentalist" wasn't even a word yet who introduced curbside recycling, halted plans to fill in 70% of the Bay and kept beachfront condos out of West Marin. Notably, many of them were women, the suburban moms once known as "homemakers." Save the Bay's Sylvia McLaughlin talks about how she came to see in that term a responsibility to make the Earth a better home. Their legacy lives on in people like Denny Larson of Global Community Monitor, who is seen giving inner-city kids a toxic tour of their own neighborhood.

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