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The Minister, Halifax, Taiwan, and Hawaii

Posted on Sep 4, 2016

So who’s that? Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, speaking with Bill Casey, MP for Colchester-Cumberland, NovCasey McKennaa Scotia — who is a big fan of the Green Rights project and The Green Interview.

And what are they talking about? Casey is presenting the Green Rights project to her, and strongly suggesting she attend the celebratory reception sponsored by the Speaker of the Senate on October 4 in his chambers. He also wants her to view the GreenRights film.

Friends, we’re getting some traction.

Here, for example, is a post on The Nova Scotia Advocate, an independent journalism website is operated by Robert Devet, that links directly to the Green Rights trailer: https://twitter.com/silverdonald/status/769507308745420800

And here’s a big enthusiastic blog post about the Green Rights project and our upcoming national tour — and this post comes from the other side of the world. It’s published by the highly-influential blogger Dan Bloom, who lives in Taiwan and is read everywhere: https://t.co/KD1ZI2Lc4r His tweet about the post was re-tweeted by Margaret Atwood to more than a million followers.

Meanwhile, in Hawaii, there’s a big congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in combination with none other than the National Geographic Society. It’s in Hawaii, and lots of senior officials and many major figures in the environmental world are attending – people like Jane Goodall, E.O. Wilson, Pavan Sukhdev and Sylvia Earle. We’ve interviewed Jane Goodall, but I’d love to interview the other three.

Also in attendance is Prof. Nicholas Robinson of Pace University in New York. Nick Robinson has had a huge influence on Tony Oposa, one of the Warrior Lawyers in my book. Tony showed Warrior Lawyers to Nick, who has included the book into the conference’s book launch event this weekend, and has been tweeting vigorously about it.

Casey, Devet, Bloom, Atwood, Robinson — aren’t we lucky to have such ambassadors? And think about it: Ottawa, Halifax, Taiwan, Hawaii…  Not bad, when we’ve been much more focussed on the tour plans than on the publicity.  Maybe we’re doing something right.

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