"American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire" charts the rise of global resource crises in the 1980s with the struggle to save the Amazon rainforest, led by Chico Mendes and his fellow Brazilian rubber tappers, as its centerpiece. Pictured: Chico Mendes and his son Sandino.
Experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism. Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep narrate.

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire, Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

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