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Pete Seeger: Farewell to a Giant

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Pete Seeger died Monday, January 27, 2014. This is a newspaper column I wrote about him in 2001. SINGIN’ OUT FREEDOM In June, 1969, I was rattling away at my old Remington manual typewriter when my five-year-old daughter Leslie wandered into my workroom.  “What are you doing?” she asked.  “I’m writing a letter to Pete Seeger,” I said. I was hoping that...

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The Yes Men! Meet Andy Bichlbaum!

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Andrew Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano are "The Yes Men," the Merry Pranksters of the environmental movement, a culture-jamming duo who fight social injustice and crimes against nature using pranks, humour and their lethal imaginations.They're the audacious jokers who pretend to be spokesmen for Dow Chemical and go on TV to announce that Dow will...

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Chris Benjamin: The Cyclone of the Coast

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 | 0 comments

Freelance writing, like old age, is not for sissies – and it seems to get harder for each generation. I’m moved to this observation by contemplating the autumn of my friend and colleague Chris Benjamin, who is 30 or 40 years younger than I am. Chris is probably most widely known for the excellent environmental column he publishes regularly in Halifax’s...

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The Return of The Gorge in Victoria

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 | 0 comments

My friend Rafe Mair, former Vancouver radio host and former BC Environment Minister, sent this to me (and many others) last week. It’s a wonderful story, reminding us yet again of the millions and millions of people around the world who are tackling their own little pieces of the global problem. Paul Hawken describes this as the greatest social movement...

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Death of a Giant: Ray Anderson, 1934-2011

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 | 0 comments

When I first came up with the idea of The Green Interview, I thought of Ray Anderson. Ray Anderson was the founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., which began as a traditional carpet manufacturing company based in Georgia. In 1994, under pressure from his customers and staff to develop an environmental policy, Ray happened upon Paul Hawken’s seminal book The...

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Ray Anderson: Creating the Green Corporation (February 18, 2007)

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 | 1 comment

“I’d like to see the business case for fishing the stocks to the point of collapse,” Ray Anderson declares. “I’d like to see the business case for destroying the ozone layer. What kind of a system do we have, where we think it’s cheaper to destroy the Earth than to take care of it?” The Attentive Reader of this column...

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The Nobel Prize of Sailing [Sunday Herald, January 2010]

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 | 0 comments

“Annie,” said Marjorie, “do you think hollyhocks would do well over there by the fence?” Annie Hill laughed aloud. “Marjorie,”she said, “I wouldn’t know. I haven’t had a home ashore since I was 19 years old.” It’s true. At 20, Annie and her first husband, Pete Hill, sailed from England to the...

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