Stories about Hero

June 6, 2019

Heroines of the Week: Two Long Time Ocean Champions

In honor of World Oceans Day, this week we recognize a lifetime of hard work and dedication to ocean conservation by Dr. Nancy Knowlton of the National Museum of Natural History, and Sarah Chasis, the Senior Director for Oceans at the Natural Resources Defense...

May 30, 2019

Hero of the Week: Ma Jun, Chinese Anti-Pollution Activist

This week we salute Ma Jung, a former investigative reporter in China who has been pressuring the Chinese government and private companies for more than a decade to reduce pollution.  For good reason, according to the World Health Organization, a staggering 1 million...

May 23, 2019

Heroes of the Week: Flood Rescuers

Earlier this week, we described the severe weather outbreak in the midwest.  By Thursday, more than 60 tornadoes had touched down in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa.  All the rain made swollen rivers even more flooded and left many people stranded in their cars...

May 16, 2019

Hero of the Week: Brett Amy Thelen

When spring comes to Keene, NH thousands of amphibians like salamanders and frogs begin to emerge from their frozen states to return to the vernal pools where they were born. Unfortunately reaching the vernal pools requires crossing a busy road where frogs and...

May 9, 2019

Heroes of the Week: Clean Energy Change Makers in Tucson

In Tuscon, 90 percent of the public gets its power from coal and other fossil fuels, which degrades the air quality particularly for the Latinx community there.  The south side neighborhoods are home to all the area’s major polluting sources, including a gas-burning...

May 2, 2019

Heroes of the Week:  The Goldman Prize Winners

Every year for the last 30, philanthropists and civic leaders Rhoda and Richard Goldman have recognized environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions for their achievements and leadership of grassroots environmental activists around...

April 25, 2019

Hero of the Week: Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa

Our Hero of the Week this week is 11-year-old Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a student from Washington, D.C, who was killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka last week. Kieran was on leave of absence from the prestigious Sidwell Friends school and was living and...

April 18, 2019

Heroes of the Week: The Cathedral Savers

This week the tragic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral was juxtaposed with the House Resources Committee field hearing on the damage oil and gas drilling is doing to our own priceless American cultural heritage in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.  At Notre Dame, the stories...