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The Green Rights Circus!

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Awards, Screenings, Festivals, Keynotes, Everything! The whole idea of promotion is to get people to pay attention to your project. For a while, not much happens – and then the project roars off like a rocket sled, and you’re frantically hanging on. Here’s some of what’s going on with the Green Rights project. IMPACT DOCS AWARD Impact DOCS is an...

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Monbiot: Canada has become “a thuggish petro-state”

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Tar sands oil and a regressive Conservative government are turning Canada into a “thuggish petro-state,” says acclaimed British journalist and climate-change expert George Monbiot. “It’s an extraordinary thing to witness from this side of the Atlantic: to watch Canada, this highly sophisticated, liberal, outward-looking nation, turning into a thuggish...

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David Boyd on Environmental Rights!

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 | 0 comments

All but 16 of the 193 states in the United Nations recognize the right to a healthy environment, says legal scholar Dr. David Boyd. Among the laggards: Canada and the United States.    “It’s a truly extraordinary development for Canada and the United States to be the global renegades in terms of recognition of this most basic and fundamental...

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Who’ll Sell Me Bundled Offsets?

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 | 0 comments

I'm happy to pay a little extra to buy my power from Bullfrog Power, which puts renewable electricity into the grid in proportion to the power I take out of the grid. I pay a little extra, but I help to build up the renewable infrastructure, and I cancel out the carbon emissions from generating the electricity I use. What about other emissions from my life and...

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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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David Korten on the Struggle for the Future of the World

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 | 0 comments

  This brief quotation by David Korten — whose interview we'll post later this week — provides the most succinct summary I've seen of the giant struggle that we're all now engaged in, whether or not we like it or even know about it. If you want to understand the disconnect between what you want and what your governments are providing to...

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Daniel Pauly!

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Dr. Daniel Pauly,  our newest Green Interview, is a legendary fisheries scientist, an authority on the overall state of world fisheries and fish stocks, and a bold, incisive thinker.   Pauly  is the driving force behind FishBase, a database on the web that contains detailed information on all the 35,000 fish species known to science. He and his...

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The Most Glorious Beach in the World (1998)

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 | 0 comments

"My favourite beach?" asks Dr. Miles O. Hayes of Columbia, South Carolina. "There's no doubt that the most beautiful beaches in the world are the beaches in South Carolina. You should go to Kiawah Island. Beautiful clean white sandy beaches."    Amused by his own boosterism, Hayes laughs heartily. He is an internationally recognized...

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The Orcas Win in Court!

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 | 0 comments

http://www.ecojustice.ca/blog/ecojustice-delivers-a-big-win-for-the-canadian-orca-population This ruling fills me with jubilation. In my 1998 book The Living Beach, I took a look at the idea that natural phenomena should have legal rights. Bolivia has passed a landmark law on this topic — and here's a Canadian court asserting the duty of Canada to protect...

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David Montgomery!

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Our newest interview, David Montgomery, is a geologist, a professor, a rock musician – and the author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, a startling book that details how human beings have been mining the soil since the dawn of agriculture, turning the Fertile Crescent, for instance, into the desert that is modern Iraq. It takes from 500 to 1000 years for...

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Christmas Lobsters, Price and Value

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 | 0 comments

Santa's Lobsters (or, Ho, Ho, Homard…) In Paris, it's a hallowed tradition to eat lobster at Christmas – and so great freight-carrying airliners rumble down the runways at the Halifax airport every year, carrying crustaceans to the City of Light. It's become the biggest bonanza of the year for the Maritime lobster industry. If homard...

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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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Elephant Tracks: Nova Scotia’s Ecological Footprint (2001)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 | 0 comments

  Here is a simple way to save the earth. Exterminate the populations of North America, Japan and Western Europe. Probably not a plan. Hard to make it fly politically. But it’s a thought that flickered through my mind as I reviewed the numbers in GPI Atlantic’s recent publication. Released a few weeks ago, [in 2001] The Nova Scotia Ecological...

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David Orton, 1934-2011

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 | 0 comments

In today’s Globe and Mail there’s a fine "Lives Lived" memorial piece about deep ecologist David Orton. See it here:  www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/lives-lived/david-keith-orton/article2221506/  David Orton was a bold thinker and a deeply principled man who made a remarkable effort to live in accordance with his...

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Ronald Wright, Progress Traps and the Future of Food

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 | 0 comments

We’ve just published our interview with Ronald Wright, an extraordinary writer and thinker, author of such challenging books as Stolen Continents and A Short History of Progress. Trained in archaeology, Wright dissects the past, seeking clues to the future. What kind of an animal is the human being? How have humans behaved in the past? What does that tell us...

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Silver Donald Cameron’s TEDx talk on Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 | 0 comments

I’m a huge fan of the TED talks, 18-minute nuggets of wisdom, insight, fun and stimulation. If you don’t know them, you have a treat in store at www.ted.com. So I was thrilled when I was invited to speak at a TEDx event in Halifax last June – a local, self-organized occasion licensed by TED to bring people together to share a TED-like experience. I...

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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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Bhutan! Our First Special Presentation (with notes on newspaper managers’ decisions, the joys of home care, and other matters)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 | 0 comments

But first: Bhutan! Nearly 40 years ago, the Fourth Dragon King of Bhutan famously declared to a visiting journalist that Gross National Product was not as important as Gross National Happiness. At the time, Bhutan was a feudal monarchy without highways, hospitals, a postal system or a national currency. Over the intervening years, the country has acquired all those...

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Wild Halifax and The Parliament of Life – Sunday column, April 18, 2011

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 | 1 comment

I’ve never participated in a Council of All Beings. Not yet. Councils of All Beings were designed by proponents of “deep ecology” to give people a direct emotional experience of their profound connection with the rest of the natural world. Deep ecology holds that the world was not made for human exploitation, that all its features have intrinsic...

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