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Atossa Soltani

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Amazon Watch, Resisting Oil Exploration, and Rights of Nature In this exclusive Green Interview, Atossa Soltani discusses Amazon Watch, the organization she founded in 1996 that works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. She also discusses the ongoing legal battles in support of indigenous people who are either...

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Marina Aizen

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 | 0 comments

The Matanza-Riachuelo River and the Mendoza Case In this exclusive Green Interview, award-winning journalist Marina Aizen discusses the Mendoza Case: an inspiring public interest litigation process in which the Supreme Court ordered the authorities to clean up the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, one of the most contaminated places on earth. She describes the...

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Antonio Oposa Jr.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Antonio Oposa Jr. is one of Asia’s pioneering activist lawyers in the arena of environmental law. Hailing from the Philippines, Oposa is best known for the David-and-Goliath battles he’s waged against its government. With flawless legal maneuvering, he has effectively managed to protect forest and marine areas in his native country and is probably best known for...

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Alberto Acosta

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Alberto Acosta is an Ecuadorian economist and the country’s former minister of energy and mining. He was the driving force behind the ground-breaking Yasuní-ITT Initiative, an offer by Ecuador to fight climate change by forgoing oil exploration and production in a large tract of untouched rainforest. Acosta is also the ex-president of the Constituent Assembly...

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Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 | 0 comments

CELDF, Community Rights, and Democracy Schools Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil watched state environmental laws fail communities so many times they knew they had to master a new line of defence. In this exclusive Green Interview, they discuss the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), how it protects citizens, and gives communities and nature rights. They...

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Søren Hermansen

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Samsö, the Power of Community Engagement, and Carbon-neutrality Using the power of community engagement, Søren Hermansen led the Danish island of Samsö to become energy independent and carbon-neutral. In this exclusive Green Interview Hermansen discusses his native island of Samsö, how community engagement shifted the island from being powered by fossil fuels to...

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Pablo Solon

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Buen Vivir, The Economy and the Rights of Nature Pablo Solón is the former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and currently the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, an organization based in Thailand. In this exclusive Green Interview,Solón discusses the inspiring concept of Buen Vivir, the need to overhaul our economic system, and the hope and vision that is...

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Cormac Cullinan

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Cormac Cullinan is a practicing environmental lawyer based in Cape Town, South Africa who is best known for his work in pioneering a legal philosophy that advocates that the earth should be afforded rights. He is also the author of the 2002 book Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice that calls for what Cullinan describes as earth jurisprudence, which proposes...

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Mumta Ito

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Mumta Ito began her legal career in the heart of London’s financial sector, advising investment banks, multinational corporations and governments on large-scale complex transactions. While outwardly successful, inside she found herself “feeling deeply unfulfilled.” It was during a leave of absence that she experienced a profound spiritual transformation that led to...

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Natalia Greene

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Natalia Greene is an Ecuadorian climate change activist, grassroots organizer, and a central figure in the creation of Ecuador’s 2008 constitution, which specifically recognized the rights of nature as well as the role of civil society and indigenous people. She was also deeply involved in developing Ecuador’s remarkable Yasuní-ITT Initiative, which aimed to keep...

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Pablo Fajardo / Steven Donziger

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Pablo Fajardo, an Ecuadorian native of Cofán descent, rose above extreme poverty to become the lead lawyer against Chevron Corporation, representing thousands of natives in Lago Agrio, the centre of the oil industry in eastern Ecuador and the epicenter of one of the biggest ecological crimes of all time. Steven Donziger is Pablo Fajardo’s US-based colleague, a...

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David Suzuki

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 | 0 comments

David Suzuki is a legendary environmental champion. As a geneticist, author, broadcaster and teacher, Suzuki has been interpreting and defending nature to viewers and audiences in Canada—and the world—for more than 40 years. He has written 52 books, including 15 for children, and his television show, The Nature of Things, is seen in more than 40 countries. In 2005,...

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Steven Guilbeault

Posted on May 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Steven Guilbeault is an author, a science and environmental journalist, a consultant to venture capitalists, and a prominent Quebecois environmentalist. He is currently senior director of Équiterre, or Fair Planet, a non-governmental organization he co-founded in 1994 that has today grown to be one of the largest in Canada with 6,200 members and more than 40...

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Osprey Orielle Lake

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Osprey Orielle Lake is an artist, activist and advocate of social and environmental justice. She is the founder and president of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, co-chair of the International Advocacy for Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and co-founder of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network—a large network of women that work...

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Franke James

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 | 2 comments

Franke James is a rabble-rousing artist, author, and activist who uses her art—a signature style of lively drawings mixed with photos and hand drawn text—and her written work to campaign for social and environmental justice. She has over 20 years’ experience as a creative designer and marketing professional and most recently, she made headlines when she discovered...

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Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge are members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, a native community in the heart of Ontario’s notorious “Chemical Valley”near Sarnia, which according to the World Health Organization has the worst air quality in Canada—pumping out more air pollution than the entire provinces of Manitoba or Saskatchewan or New Brunswick. They are also...

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Andrew Weaver

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Andrew Weaver is a climate scientist, faculty at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and in 2013 made history when he became the first ever Green Party member elected to a provincial legislature in Canada. In 2007, Weaver was part of the climate-change team that won the Nobel Prize for their work with theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)....

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