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How To Be the Next Erin Brockovich

I watched the movie starring Julia Roberts. Now how do I actually change things?


Episode Notes

Mike is an average guy on a mission to change the state of Florida—specifically, to convince the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to stop overspraying the rivers and lakes with herbicides. As a fisherman, Mike cares deeply about the waterways in his state, but he’s struggling to break into the conversation and make a real impact. In this episode of How To!, we bring on Erin Brockovich, the citizen activist and inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts. Drawing on her new book Superman’s Not Coming, she has tips for how Mike can follow in her footsteps to enact environmental change. As much as Mike may want to keep shouting about his cause until someone listens, he may need to switch tactics to actually get people to hear him.

If you liked this episode, check out “How To Save the Planet (And Still Use a Plastic Straw).”

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Podcast production by Derek John, Rachael Allen, and Rosemary Belson.


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