Trish Riley: Earth Day through a Cinema Verde lens

Posted by Trish Riley, April 21, 2011

As an environmental journalist and author, I encounter many stories that rarely reach the public consciousness. Every day I learn about communities dealing with contaminated Superfund sites leaching arsenic, benzene, dioxin and hexavalent chromium into their air, soil and water supplies. Quite often, the companies that operated the offending industrial plant have long ago left town, taking their profits with them, and it’s left to impoverished community activists and overly bureaucratic and financially challenged governments to forge solutions and clean up the mess. Meanwhile, people are getting sick and they don’t know why.

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