Witness to the Future is an extraordinary portrayal
of the transformation of ordinary citizens into environmental activists.
Downwind from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Tom Bailie describes
the many homes, including his own, decimated by disease and birth
defects, from radioactive gases released from the atomic plant.
In California's San Joaquin Valley, where Hispanic-American
farm-workers are routinely exposed to large doses of pesticides,
Camilla Yarburough-Nunes talks about the effects of pesticide sprays
and chemical drifts on her children. In Louisiana's "Cancer Alley," a string
of industrial plants surrounds rural, predominantly African-American
families too poor to move or to mobilize - until people like Wilfred
Greene decided to do something. "I'll give up when I'm dead," he
says, "but hopefully my children will carry on what I believe."
edited, fast-moving and suitable for viewing in three segments,
the program also includes a musical score with great blues, country
and folk arrangements.