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Joel Solomon: Our Newest Green Interview!

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon has spent much of his life engaged with money – earning it, investing it, thinking about it, and giving it away. Although his activities are centred on British Columbia, his impact is national and international. He is one of Canada’s most notable environmental philanthropists, and he is the author of a fascinating new book, The Clean Money Revolution (New Society Press, co-authored by noted BC writer Tyee Bridge). The book’s starting point is that over the next few years, the baby boomers will pass their wealth to the next generation.  In North America alone, says Solomon, that’s about $50 trillion by 2050. What that generation does with this windfall will shape the future of the Earth, and the signs are encouraging. A generation dedicated to healthy living, healthy food and a healthy world is not likely to invest in organizations that don’t share those values.

Joel Solomon is our newest Green Interview. You can find the interview here.

In other news, for a recent catalogue listing I had to assemble a list of the Green Rights film’s screenings, venues and awards. It’s an impressive list, and I’ve posted it here.

The film was screened numerous times in April, notably at Simon Fraser University and at the Vancouver Planetarium, where the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice co-sponsored an event centred on the film, with live music and speakers including Mike Harcourt, the former Premier of British Columbia. It was shown all over Canada around Earth Day — on April 10 in Ladner, BC, on Thursday April 20th in Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, ON, and on Earth Day itself in North Saanich, BC and Edmonton, AB.

I have been thrilled at the film’s reception. This was the second screening of the film in Thunder Bay, and the organizers are discussing a third showing. Meanwhile, an audience member in North Saanich wrote, “It was a barn-burner evening, rounded out and enriched by comments from Elizabeth May. She got teary when she was speaking about the ‘Scott’ paper mill. So well done. All the work that you put into making the film is bearing fruit.”

This is tremendously gratifying. I was able to attend the Vancouver and Ladner events, and also the Edmonton showing, which was part of the city’s Resilience Festival. It was standing room only, with a crackling discussion afterwards among deeply-committed and articulate citizens. The two proposed screenings in Saskatchewan had to be postponed, but the Edmonton organizers want to show the film again, to a larger audience, probably next winter, so we hope to organize a mid-winter tour of several Prairie cities.

The film will be shown several times in the Maritimes over the next few months – in Wolfville and Mahone Bay on May 19, in Tatamagouche on June 10 and in Margaree on July 1. I’ll be discussing it, but not screening it, in Hubbards on June 3. It continues to win awards, most recently a Gold in the International Independent Film Awards.

If you haven’t seen it, I’m happy to report that we’ve finally had time to produce a DVD, so you can order your own copy from my web site. Just click here.

And this note is written in Kenora, Ontario, where Merlin the Motorhome is pausing on his eastbound cross-country trip. We expect to be back in Nova Scotia by the end of the first week in May, ready to enjoy a Maritime summer – and to begin another project. Stay tuned!

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