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The Green Rights Multi-Media Project

The right to breathe. The right to clean water. The right to wholesome food. ...

The Green Rights Multi-Media Project

The right to breathe. The right to clean water. The right to wholesome food.

Air, water, food – these are the sources of life. Without them, we die. And in most nations – more than 180 nations, in fact – citizens are legally entitled to these essential elements of life.

But not in Canada or the United States. And that's what the Green Rights multi-media project is all about: the human right to a healthy environment, and Mother Nature's right to be respected and protected. The citizenship of North Americans is hobbled because we don't have these green rights. Canadians and Americans literally don't know what they're missing. So we're telling the dramatic stories of how citizens use those rights in other countries – and are fighting for them here. Green rights are among humanity's most powerful tools for protecting and repairing the natural world.

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Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey, author and science communicator, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron ...

Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey, author and science communicator, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron in this exclusive Green Interview about the profound and often overlooked relationship between humans and the non-human world. As the narrative of doom and gloom permeates environmental stories, Kelsey is interested in shifting the dominant narrative to one of optimism and hope by communicating remarkable stories of environmental resilience, ideas that work, and people who make a difference. 

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Defenders of the Dawn

Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes is a one-hour tele...

Defenders of the Dawn

Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes is a one-hour television special broadcast on September 5, 2015 on the Atlantic network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Polly Higgins

Polly Higgins, lawyer for the Earth, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron in this e...

Polly Higgins

Polly Higgins, lawyer for the Earth, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron in this exclusive Green Interview about the concept of ecocide and how she is trying to make it a new UN recognized crime against peace just like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. Ecocide is damage, destruction or loss of ecosystems such that peaceful enjoyment of a territory by the inhabitants is severely diminished or lost and that includes all the inhabitants not just the human ones.

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Pablo Solon

Pablo Solón, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN, speaks with Silver Donald Ca...

Pablo Solon

Pablo Solón, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron in this exclusive Green Interview about the concept of Buen Vivir, the need to overhaul our economy and the rights of nature. From a unique vantage point, Solón explores what it would take to create a society based on living in harmony with the natural world.

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Anders Hayden

Anders Hayden, author and university professor, speaks with Silver Donald Camero...

Anders Hayden

Anders Hayden, author and university professor, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron in this exclusive Green Interview about the flaws inherent with our current measures of progress — the GDP. He explains, “There are actually ways in which the GDP could be going up in ways that are resulting in a net destruction of things that have real value, things that may not be counted by the GDP but can be fundamentally more important.” In this interview Hayden explores the other ways of measuring progress and how the realities of climate change is making that exploration more important than ever.

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Jan van de Venis

Jan van de Venis is a Dutch lawyer who is working to make the connections betwee...

Jan van de Venis

Jan van de Venis is a Dutch lawyer who is working to make the connections between human and environmental rights. In this exclusive Green Interview, van de Venis discusses the work of Stand Up for Your Rights, a crowd-funding site called Grrowd, and the concept of Guardians for Future Generations.

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Marjan Minnesma

Marjan Minnesma is the co-founder of the Urgenda Foundation, a Dutch NGO at the ...

Marjan Minnesma

Marjan Minnesma is the co-founder of the Urgenda Foundation, a Dutch NGO at the forefront of the transition to renewable energy in The Netherlands. In this exclusive Green Interview, Minnesma discusses the Urgenda Foundation, the Dutch Climate Case, and the inspiring and eminently logical concept of a circular economy.

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Roger Cox

The Dutch Climate Case was a class action lawsuit initiated by Roger Cox on beha...

Roger Cox

The Dutch Climate Case was a class action lawsuit initiated by Roger Cox on behalf of the Urgenda Foundation and 900 Dutch citizens. Using data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) they argued the urgency of climate change and that the Dutch government should ramp up its climate action. In 2015, after two and half years of litigation, Cox and his team won a landmark ruling requiring the government to cut GHG emissions more dramatically than it had intended. The court ruled that the Dutch government had a duty of care to its citizens and must cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent (up from 20 per cent) of that country’s 1990 emissions levels by 2020. It’s the first time a judge has legally required a state to take precautions against climate change and it could be used to support other climate cases around the world. The Dutch government is appealing the case.

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Femke Wijdekop

Femke Wijdekop is the legal researcher at the Institute for Environmental Securi...

Femke Wijdekop

Femke Wijdekop is the legal researcher at the Institute for Environmental Security, an organization whose aim is to “advance global environmental security by promoting the maintenance of the regenerative capacity of life-supporting ecosystems.” In this exclusive Green Interview, Wijdekop discusses Earth law and the concept of “ecocide,” her role in the Dutch Climate case and her passion to help protect Environmental Defenders, those who are protecting the environment.

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Daniel Sallaberry

In this exclusive Green Interview, Argentinian lawyer Daniel Sallaberr...

Daniel Sallaberry

In this exclusive Green Interview, Argentinian lawyer Daniel Sallaberry 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. Frustrated that Argentina's admirable environmental rights statutes had never had a solid, real-world test, Sallaberry took on the case and after four years of hearings the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision not just for Argentina but for the world.

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Rachel Parent

Rachel Parent is the founder of “Kids Right to Know,” an organization callin...

Rachel Parent

Rachel Parent is the founder of “Kids Right to Know,” an organization calling for the labeling of GM foods. In this exclusive Green Interview, Parent explains the issues surrounding GM seeds, GM salmon, the need for mandatory labelling and how the organization she founded informs, educates, and motivate kids to stand up and make a difference.

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Amy Larkin

Amy Larkin is an author, activist and consultant who works with businesses to he...

Amy Larkin

Amy Larkin is an author, activist and consultant who works with businesses to help them recalculate the value of the natural world and count the real costs of doing business. In this exclusive Green Interview, Larkin discusses the concept—and subject of her 2013 book—environmental debt, as well as corporate responsibility.

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Larry Kowalchuk

In 2013 anti-fracking protests took place in NB as a result of exploratory drill...

Larry Kowalchuk

In 2013 anti-fracking protests took place in NB as a result of exploratory drilling and seismic testing by SWN Resources, a company that the NB government leased 2.5 million acres of public land to for natural gas exploration—land many indigenous people in NB claim as their traditional territory. Demonstrations in NB over a period of months—lead by members of Elsipogtog First Nation—with support across the country, attempted to prevent the oil and gas company from working. They resulted in dozens of arrests, and allegations of violence against both the RCMP and the protesters. The protests resulted in two legal challenges, both have retained Kowalchuk as their legal counsel.

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Stephen Leahy

Stephen Leahy discusses his latest book on our water footprint and on how he’s...

Stephen Leahy

Stephen Leahy discusses his latest book on our water footprint and on how he’s made Community Supported Environmental Journalism work for him. After two decades writing about environmental issues in the public interest Leahy has also employed crowd sourcing as a way to finance his work. In 2014 he published his first book titled Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts about How Much Water we Use to Make Everyday Products. 

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Altossa Soltani

In this exclusive Green Interview, Atossa Soltani discusses Amazon Wat...

Altossa Soltani

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 resisting oil exploration in their territories or fighting for compensation as a result of pollution. Soltani also discusses her recent involvement with a global movement calling for rights of nature.

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Marina Aizen

In this exclusive Green Interview, award-winning journalist Marina Aiz...

Marina Aizen

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 evolution of the case, the 500-year history of the river’s contamination and how litigation and enforcement has led to important changes for both the river and the people who live near it.

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Antonio Oposa Jr.

Antonio Oposa Jr. is one of Asia’s pioneering activist lawyers in the arena of...

Antonio Oposa Jr.

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 establishing the principle of inter-generational responsibility—the idea that the present generation has a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations.

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Alberto Acosta

Alberto Acosta is an Ecuadorian economist and the country’s former minister of...

Alberto Acosta

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 responsible for drawing up the now famous Montecristi Constitution, which took effect in 2008 and established protection for the rights of nature. Acosta ran unsuccessfully against Rafael Correa for president in 2013—one of eight presidential candidates. He is currently a researcher at FLASCO-Ecuador (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences).

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Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil

Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil watched state environmental laws fail communities ...

Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil

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 also talk about their traveling Democracy Schools and how they are educating communities around the world.

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Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney is the national convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance,...

Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney is the national convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, an organization she co-founded in 2011 to carry out research and education that furthers the understanding, development and practical application of ‘Earth jurisprudence’ and ‘wild law’ in Australia. She is also a lawyer, the chairperson of the Environmental Defenders Office in Queensland, and the Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

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Santiago Manuin

Santiago Manuin Valera is a prominent indigenous leader of the Awajún community...

Santiago Manuin

Santiago Manuin Valera is a prominent indigenous leader of the Awajún community in the Peruvian Amazon who has dedicated his life to protecting the Amazon and promoting development of indigenous communities. In 2009, he was shot eight times—and almost killed—by the Peruvian army during an epic confrontation over industrial exploitation of indigenous lands.

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Søren Hermansen

Using the power of community engagement, Søren Hermansen led the Danish island ...

Søren Hermansen

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 wind turbines, and how today it has become “carbon-neutral,” a term which means it has a net zero carbon footprint.

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Tzeporah Berman

Tzeporah Berman is an eco-activist, environmental iconoclast, and author who has...

Tzeporah Berman

Tzeporah Berman is an eco-activist, environmental iconoclast, and author who has been designing and winning environmental campaigns in Canada for two decades. Her latest book,This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge,documents some of her most notable experiences on the front lines of Canada’s environmental organizations and some of their most successful environmental campaigns.

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Cormac Cullinan

Cormac Cullinan is a practicing environmental lawyer based in Cape Town, South A...

Cormac Cullinan

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 LawA Manifesto for Earth Justice that calls for what Cullinan describes as earth jurisprudence, which proposes recognizing natural communities and ecosystems as legal persons with legal rights, changing our relationship with the natural world from one of exploitation to a more democratic participation in a community of all life.

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Mumta Ito

Mumta Ito began her legal career in the heart of London’s financial sector, ad...

Mumta Ito

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 what she later called “a personal journey of evolution.”

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Natalia Greene

Natalia Greene is an Ecuadorian climate change activist, grassroots organizer, a...

Natalia Greene

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 oil underground in the Amazon region.

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Pablo Fajardo / Steven Donziger

Pablo Fajardo, an Ecuadorian<...

Pablo Fajardo / Steven Donziger

Pablo Fajardo, an Ecuadoriannative 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 former journalist and Harvard-educated lawyer who gained prominence in 1993 when he joined the legal team working on the “Chevron-Toxico” case.

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Dr. David Suzuki

David Suzuki is a legendary environmental champion. As a geneticist, author, bro...

Dr. David Suzuki

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, in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation poll to determine the “greatest Canadian who ever lived,” he was ranked 5th, which made him the greatest living Canadian.

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Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake is an artist, activist and advocate of social and environmen...

Osprey Orielle Lake

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 internationally on climate change issues based on four founding pillars: rights of women, rights of Indigenous Peoples, rights of nature, and rights of future generations.

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Steven Guilbeault

Steven Guilbeault is an author, a science and environmental journalist, a consul...

Steven Guilbeault

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 employees.

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Franke James

Franke James is a rabble-rousing artist, author, and activist who uses her art...

Franke James

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 through access-to-information requests that the Harper government worked behind the scenes to discredit her and try to shut down her European art tour because the art focused on stopping climate change.

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Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain

Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge are members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, a nativ...

Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain

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 the plaintiffs in a Charter of Rights and Freedoms case that could transform Canadian Environmental Law.

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Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver is a climate scientist, faculty at the University of Victoria in B...

Andrew Weaver

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). He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers and was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009.

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Mohamed Hage

Mohamed Hage, a self-described “technology geek” turned farmer extraordinair...

Mohamed Hage

Mohamed Hage, a self-described “technology geek” turned farmer extraordinaire, is reinventing food production. He’s the president and founder of Lufa Farms, the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse farm—an organic one at that—in an industrial district in the northeast of Montreal. Lufa has a second rooftop farm in the city’s western suburbs and a third one is planned for Boston.

Hage’s inspiration came from his childhood village in Lebanon, where he says everyone farmed without the use of pesticides, and from his grandmother, who put nine of her kids through university by farming organically.

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John Borrows

John Borrows is one of Canada’s most prolific and celebrated legal scholars an...

John Borrows

John Borrows is one of Canada’s most prolific and celebrated legal scholars and a professor of law at the University of Minnesota. He has written and spoken widely on aboriginal legal rights and traditions, treaties and land claims, and religion and the law. He’s also Anishinaabe, a member of the Neyaashiinigmiing community, the Cape Croker First Nation on Bruce Peninsula in North-Western Ontario. Well steeped in both traditions of law, Borrows is uniquely positioned to reflect on the essential nature of law itself.

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Maude Barlow

For Canadian environmental activist and author Maude Barlow, water is the next o...

Maude Barlow

For Canadian environmental activist and author Maude Barlow, water is the next oil. As the scrappy chair of the Council of Canadians, Barlow led a public fight against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1980s. And for over a decade, she has focussed her boundless energy on a crisis of global proportions: the looming world-wide water shortage, which is accelerated by free-trade deals that privatize water.

As the United Nations’ Senior Adviser on Water in 2008/2009, the Ottawa-based activist successfully campaigned to have water recognized as a human right.

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Edmund Metatawabin

The oldest of 11 children, Edmund Metatawabin—the last name means “Ten Sunri...

Edmund Metatawabin

The oldest of 11 children, Edmund Metatawabin—the last name means “Ten Sunrises”—was born and raised in the valley of the Kistachowan Sipi, re-named in English as the Fort Albany River, in northern Ontario. His family lived as the Mushkegowuk (Lowlands Cree) had lived for millennia, and for the first seven years of his life Edmund spent his winters on an inland tributary and his summers on the shore of Winipek (James Bay). At eight, he was taken from his family and placed in the St. Anne's Residential School in Peetabeck (Fort Albany).

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Hon. Jigme Yoser Thinley

Lyonchen (Prime Minister) Jigme Yoser Thinley is the first elected Prime Ministe...

Hon. Jigme Yoser Thinley

Lyonchen (Prime Minister) Jigme Yoser Thinley is the first elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, a position he has held since April 2008.

Born in 1952 in Bumthang, Thinley was educated at Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong and graduated from St Stephen’s College in India. He obtained an MA in public administration at Pennsylvania State University in the United States, and a certificate in manpower planning and management at Manchester University in England.

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Silver Donald Cameron (TEDx)

At a recent TEDx event in Halifax, Silver Donald Cameron presented an illustrate...

Silver Donald Cameron (TEDx)

At a recent TEDx event in Halifax, Silver Donald Cameron presented an illustrated talk about Bhutan and its pursuit of Gross National Happiness, based on his visit to Bhutan in 2009 to observe a workshop on Education for Gross National Happiness.

This video is free, and you don't have to login to view it – but we encourage you to register – it's free -- and sample other parts of the Special Presentation on Bhutan. Please sign up for our free Newsletter when you register, too.

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Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness

This Special Presentation began as an interview with the Honourable Jigme Yoser ...

Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness

This Special Presentation began as an interview with the Honourable Jigme Yoser Thinley, the first elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, whose government aims to entrench and extend Bhutan's long-standing goal of expanding Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product. To put the interview in context, we prepared an original half-hour documentary film, using footage of Bhutan shot by Silver Donald Cameron and by Nova Scotia film-maker Kent Martin.

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Robert Bateman

One of the world's most celebrated wildlife artists, Robert Bateman was born in ...

Robert Bateman

One of the world's most celebrated wildlife artists, Robert Bateman was born in Toronto in 1930 and spent much of his youth observing and admiring the wildlife of the Toronto ravines. He was inspired by the Group of Seven to create abstract paintings of nature, but he did not immediately pursue art as a career. Instead, he took a degree in geography at the University of Toronto in 1954, and later studied at the Ontario College of Education. He traveled around the world in a Land Rover in 1957-58, increasing his appreciation of cultural and natural heritage. He married Suzanne Bowerman in 1961, and the couple had three children.

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Kartikeya Sarabhai

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is one of the world's leading environmental educators, and...

Kartikeya Sarabhai

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai is one of the world's leading environmental educators, and a dedicated community builder – and also an astute and well-regarded industrialist.

Sarabhai is the founder and director of India's Centre for Environment Education, headquartered in Ahmedabad. With 400 professional staff in 40 offices across the country, advising every state government on greening the curriculum. In 2005, the organization received the Global Award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and environmental a...

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and environmental advocate whose studies with chimpanzees in Tanzania have changed not only our understanding of chimpanzees but also our understanding of the nature of human beings. Today she devotes virtually all of her time to advocacy on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment, travelling nearly 300 days a year.

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Ronald Wright

Archaeology, says Ronald Wright – who began as an archaeologist – “is perh...

Ronald Wright

Archaeology, says Ronald Wright – who began as an archaeologist – “is perhaps the best tool we have for looking ahead” because it allows us to see patterns in the rise and fall of human societies over the ages. It tells us “that people all over the world, time and again, have made similar advances and mistakes.”

When societies fail – and almost all do, sooner or later – the story is remarkably consistent, as Wright points out in A Short History of Progress (2004). We see failing societies “sticking to entrenched beliefs and practices, robbing the future to pay the present, spending the last reserves of natural capital on a reckless binge of excessive wealth and glory.”

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Andrew Heintzman

Andrew Heintzman is president and co-founder of Investeco, the first Canadian in...

Andrew Heintzman

Andrew Heintzman is president and co-founder of Investeco, the first Canadian investment company to focus exclusively on investing in environmental sectors. He is also the Chair of the Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario. He sits on a number of corporate boards, including Lotek Wireless, Triton Logging and Rowe Farms Inc. He is a director of the Tides Canada Foundation, and the Steering Committee on Sustainable Prosperity, and past chairman of The Sustainability Network. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Munk School of Global affairs at the University of Toronto.

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Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson

Annie Hill first crossed an ocean under sail when she was 20. With her new young...

Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson

Annie Hill first crossed an ocean under sail when she was 20. With her new young husband, Pete Hill, she set off from England in an absurdly small twin-hulled catamaran, bound for the West Indies. The voyage made them realize that they loved the sailing and the lifestyle, but not the boat. Before long they were building their own vessel, which became their permanent home. Her name was Badger, and she was a 34-foot sailing dory with a Chinese junk schooner rig. (If you're not a sailor, Badger was a flat-bottomed boat built of plywood, based on a fishing boat design, with two masts, each carrying a single fan-shaped sail.)

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Alexandra Morton

Alexandra Morton may live far from the public eye, tucked away in Echo Bay, the ...

Alexandra Morton

Alexandra Morton may live far from the public eye, tucked away in Echo Bay, the tiny community of docks and float homes on Gilford Island, BC, but her passion and life work has often brought her into the spotlight.

For more than 3 decades, Morton has followed her calling to "understand the intelligence in a non-human mind, to know what another species is thinking," and today she is an outspoken advocate for conserving and protecting marine species on Canada's west coast. In the early years, she devoted her time to analyzing and recording the communication between killer whales (Orcas) and discovered that each family of BC whales uses a unique dialect.

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David Orton

Normally The Green Interview produces its own biographies of the people we inter...

David Orton

Normally The Green Interview produces its own biographies of the people we interview -- but the interview with David Orton is unique in several ways.

To begin with, David was a highly-regarded proponent of "deep ecology," a perspective that sees all life forms – man, moose or microbe – as having an equal right to survive and flourish. But he was not only an ecological philosopher and a bold thinker; he was also a deeply principled man who made a remarkable effort to live in accordance with his beliefs, minimizing his ecological footprint by subsisting on a small hill farm in Nova Scotia which he and his wife, Helga Hoffmann-Orton, deliberately allowed to return to forest.

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David R. Montgomery

While our radar screens are focused on global warming, peak oil, and biodiversit...

David R. Montgomery

While our radar screens are focused on global warming, peak oil, and biodiversity loss, David Montgomery says we may be missing what he calls the "most basic environmental change sweeping the planet"—soil loss. Conventional agriculture is eroding and degrading the earth's most productive soils at a rate that will ultimately "undermine civilization," he says, unless society rethinks the way it treats this absolutely fundamental resource.

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Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian author and journalist and an engagi...

Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian author and journalist and an engaging speaker on environmental science, conservation and sustainability. In her latest book, Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean, Mitchell convinces us that if we kill the ocean, we kill the planet. Skillfully interweaving scientific concepts with firsthand accounts and stories about the fieldwork of internationally renowned scientists, Mitchell shows us how the ocean—what she calls the true lungs of the planet—produces most of the Earth's oxygen and how it ultimately controls our climate.

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Daniel Pauly

Daniel Pauly is arguably the world's most prolific and widely-cited living fishe...

Daniel Pauly

Daniel Pauly is arguably the world's most prolific and widely-cited living fisheries scientist. He has been described as iconoclastic, irreverent, and a global thinker.

He is an outspoken and often controversial critic of modern fishing practices and the fishing industry, which he says “has acted like a terrible tenant who trashes their rental.”

In his latest book, Five Easy Pieces: How Fishing Impacts Marine Ecosystems, Pauly documents how a scientific consensus can emerge from discussions both within and outside the scientific community.

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David Korten

David Korten is an economist, author, activist, and prominent critic of corporat...

David Korten

David Korten is an economist, author, activist, and prominent critic of corporate globalization. He is perhaps best known for his bestselling 1995 book, When Corporations Rule the World – an examination of market libertarians’ twisting of famed economist Adam Smith’s teachings and a vision of an alternative sustainable economy based on small-scale, localized cooperative enterprises. He was named an Utne Reader visionary in 2011. His publications are required reading in university courses around the world.

Korten is also the cofounder and chair of YES! Magazine, a nonprofit publication focused on sustainability, alternative economics and peace.

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Elizabeth May (2)

Elizabeth May is Leader of the Green Party of Canada. An environmentalist, write...

Elizabeth May (2)

Elizabeth May is Leader of the Green Party of Canada. An environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer, Elizabeth has been a leader in the environmental movement since she was a teenager, when she was part of a successful campaign to stop aerial insecticide spraying near her home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

In a later attempt to prevent herbicide spraying, she and her family sacrificed their home and seventy acres of land in a lawsuit won by Scott Paper – but the suit delayed the spraying long enough to prevent the use of 2,4,5-T altogether

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Salmon Wars

Salmon Wars: Wild Fish, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities is a wide-rang...

Salmon Wars

Salmon Wars: Wild Fish, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities is a wide-ranging exploration of net cage salmon aquaculture and its social, economic and environmental impact on the communities where it operates. This eye-opening 70-minute video documentary surveys industry representatives, community activists, scientists, environmentalists and politicians, including Nova Scotia's Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Environment.

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Jim Hoggan

Jim Hoggan is the author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming...

Jim Hoggan

Jim Hoggan is the author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, an expose of how the false debate on climate change was manufactured by oil and gas companies and their PR firms. Hoggan holds this manufactured debate up as bad PR practices by traditional energy companies trying to convince the public of untruths about their environmental impacts, rather than doing the right thing and greening their operations.

Hoggan is the founder of the enormously popular DeSmogBlog, which exposes organizations and individuals he considers unethical, that are practicing bad PR and attempting to deny climate change.

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Betty Krawczyk

At the age many people collect their first pension cheque, Betty Krawcyk was arr...

Betty Krawczyk

At the age many people collect their first pension cheque, Betty Krawcyk was arrested for the first time, and has since dedicated her remaining years to “actively illuminating the Earth’s environmental crisis.” She does so through her activism, writing and, most recently, video blogging.

She has since taken civil disobedience to new heights, garnering international attention for having been arrested on eight occasions and serving more than three years in prison for refusing to budge on her ecofeminist principles, or to acknowledge wrongdoing.

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Andrew Bichlbaum

Andrew Bichlbaum and his partner Mike Bonnano are "The Yes Men," a culture-jammi...

Andrew Bichlbaum

Andrew Bichlbaum and his partner Mike Bonnano are "The Yes Men," a culture-jamming duo that use pranks, humour and their lethal imaginations as powerful weapons in the battle against social injustice and environmental degradation. Bichlbaum is not only a brilliant prankster, he’s also known as Jacques Servin, who in another incarnation is a professor at the New School for Design in New York City.

With the goal of raising public awareness on social and environmental issues, the duo impersonate entities whose practices they’re trying to expose, produce fake media releases

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Celtic Mass for the Sea

Composed in 1988, premiered in 1991, The Celtic Mass for the Sea has become a co...

Celtic Mass for the Sea

Composed in 1988, premiered in 1991, The Celtic Mass for the Sea has become a contemporary choral classic. Combining a chamber string orchestra and choir with a Celtic ensemble of harp, pipes, mandolin, fiddle and guitars, the Mass is an exuberant celebration of the teeming life in the waters covering our planet – and a warning of the dangers of abusing it. The libretto is based on ancient Celtic incantation and prayers that express startlingly-modern environmental concerns.

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Scott Macmillan & Jennyfer Brickenden

Scott Macmillan is among Canada's most versatile and esteemed musical figures, e...

Scott Macmillan & Jennyfer Brickenden

Scott Macmillan is among Canada's most versatile and esteemed musical figures, equally comfortable as performer, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher. Jennyfer Brickenden is his partner, business manager, organizer, librettist and wife. Behind the scenes, she plays an integral part in Scott's creative process. Together Scott and Jennyfer are a formidable team.

A native of Halifax, Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at Dalhousie University, followed by musical studies at Dalhousie and at Humber College in Toronto, all the while earning his living as a guitarist.

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Brian Brett

Brian Brett is a passionate and diverse award-winning Canadian novelist, critic,...

Brian Brett

Brian Brett is a passionate and diverse award-winning Canadian novelist, critic, and poet. His book, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, is an often amusing portrayal of rural life interspersed with thought-provoking reflections about the modern world, and rooted throughout by a profound knowledge of biology and botany.

Brett studied literature at Simon Fraser University from 1969 to 1974, which coincided with his entry into the world of writing and publishing. Around this time he also worked in an editorial capacity with several publishing companies including the Governor-General’s Award winning Blackfish Press.

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Mark Boyle

Mark Boyle defied the odds when he launched an experiment to live for one year w...

Mark Boyle

Mark Boyle defied the odds when he launched an experiment to live for one year without spending any money. Nearly three years later, he remains the “moneyless man,” living a subsistence lifestyle in Sussex, England. Boyle’s first book, The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living (2010) chronicles his first year living without money. His second book, The Moneyless Manifesto (2012), delves more deeply into the philosophy behind a moneyless economy, and explains how to “live well, live rich, live free.”

With the royalties from his first book, Boyle established the Freeconomy—a movement with an online site that provides

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Alastair McIntosh

As an activist, Alastair McIntosh has saved two critical land masses and sparked...

Alastair McIntosh

As an activist, Alastair McIntosh has saved two critical land masses and sparked radical national land reform via the Scottish Land Reform Act of 2003, with 200 community groups taking control of millions of acres – fully two percent of Scotland’s landmass. He has since become a renowned author, speaker, BBC broadcaster, academic and theologian.

In 1991 McIntosh became a trustee of the campaign that led, in 1997, to the Isle of Eigg gaining independence from landlordism as the island came into community control.

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Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard is remarkable blend of passionate environmentalist and reluctant ...

Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard is remarkable blend of passionate environmentalist and reluctant businessman whose passion for rock climbing led him to create a number of products and techniques that are today standard practice in the sport. Chouinard, 74, is the founder of Patagonia—a sporting gear and clothing company committed to environmentally responsible business practices. Despite his success, Chouinard is a trenchant critic of capitalism who has at times rejected profits and “business sense” in favour of environmentally sound choices.

Chouinard was born in 1938 in Maine, and grew up in Southern California.

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David Boyd

David R. Boyd is a Canadian ecological lawyer and leading environmental expert w...

David Boyd

David R. Boyd is a Canadian ecological lawyer and leading environmental expert who is a forceful advocate for the entrenchment of environmental rights in national legal systems. Citing examples from 95 nations, Boyd argues that enshrining the right to a healthy environment in national constitutions can dramatically transform countries’ environmental laws and policies and improve their practices of protecting the environment. Yet a handful of nations, including Canada and the U.S., have no such constitutional protections. Boyd aims to change that

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Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition movement, an experiment that began ...

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition movement, an experiment that began in 2008, and since then has gone viral with more than 400 Transition Towns worldwide, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London neighbourhoods. In contrast to the ever-worsening stream of information about climate change, the economy and resource depletion, the Transition movement focuses on solutions, on community-scale responses, on meeting new people and having fun. It’s been called “the biggest urban brainwave of the century,” a visionary, practical blueprint that took root in a town and is circling the globe.

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Sir Tim Smit

Having reinvented himself three times, you could say Tim Smit has finally found ...

Sir Tim Smit

Having reinvented himself three times, you could say Tim Smit has finally found his calling as a highly innovative and successful businessman, restoring ruined and discarded landscapes and creating two of the most popular, and arguably most imaginative, botanical gardens in the world—models “for how people can live with the grain of nature.”

Smit was born in the Netherlands and educated in England in the fields of anthropology and archeology. After working as an archeologist for a time he made the leap into the music industry and became a successful composer and producer of both rock music and opera

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Hugo Spowers

Hugo Spowers—engineer, entrepreneur and former racing car driver—uses his lo...

Hugo Spowers

Hugo Spowers—engineer, entrepreneur and former racing car driver—uses his love of auto design to tackle one of the most intractable environmental questions: how to neutralize our passionate addiction to the automobile. So he has reimagined not just the automobile, but the entire auto industry. The result? A car that looks and runs like no other vehicle on the road, made by a company that runs like no other in the business world.

Through his pioneering company, Riversimple – based in Ludlow, Shropshire, England – Spowers and his colleagues have taken on the modest task of eliminating environmental damage caused by personal transport

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George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a journalist, environmental activist, truth-seeker and trouble...

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a journalist, environmental activist, truth-seeker and trouble-maker whose investigative books and reports on abuses of power and environmental destruction have earned him international acclaim. As a regular, long-time columnist with Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Monbiot has established a reputation as a provocative and free-thinking journalist whose work is grounded in research and thoughtful analysis. The Independent on Sunday named him among 40 intellectual prophets of the 21st century.

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Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Sarika Cullis-Suzuki is a marine biologist who studies high-seas fisheries, mari...

Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Sarika Cullis-Suzuki is a marine biologist who studies high-seas fisheries, marine wildlife sanctuaries, and the effects of human development on sea life, especially in the inter-tidal zones of the Pacific Ocean. Born and raised in British Columbia, she is the youngest daughter of scientist David Suzuki and writer and environmentalist Tara Cullis. A childhood and youth spent steeped in the sea life around Quadra Island, B.C., have given Cullis-Suzuki a passion for science and for protecting the oceans that she says sustain all human life.

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Orri Vigfusson

Orri Vigfusson is an Icelandic businessman, environmentalist and “green capita...

Orri Vigfusson

Orri Vigfusson is an Icelandic businessman, environmentalist and “green capitalist” whose ambitious goal of saving the dwindling North Atlantic salmon led him to seek ownership of every commercial salmon-fishing licence in order to retire them, and ultimately to close the entire commercial Atlantic salmon fishery. Over the past 17 years, through his North Atlantic Salmon Fund, Vigfusson has bought and retired 85 per cent of commercial salmon quotas and licences in the North Atlantic basin. The remaining 15 per cent is held chiefly by Norway, but also by Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Orri is actively pursuing those as well.

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David Hughes

J. David Hughes was raised in Edmonton, Alberta and trained in geology at the Un...

David Hughes

J. David Hughes was raised in Edmonton, Alberta and trained in geology at the University of Alberta. He has spent nearly four decades in the energy sector, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada as a scientist and research manager, where he published extensively on energy and hydrocarbon resource issues in the scientific literature. Now retired from the GSC, he heads his own consulting company specializing in global energy and sustainability. Dave Hughes developed Canada's National Coal Inventory, and oversaw the publication of the Canadian Gas Potential Committee's most recent review of Canada's unconventional gas potential.

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Satish Kumar

Born to a devout Jain family in Rajastan, India, in 1935, Satish Kumar became a ...

Satish Kumar

Born to a devout Jain family in Rajastan, India, in 1935, Satish Kumar became a Jain monk at the age of nine. At 18, influenced by the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi about land reform and non-violent action, he became a disciple of Vinoba Bhave, who was in turn a celebrated disciple of Gandhi. At 27, inspired by Bertrand Russell's campaign of civil disobedience against nuclear weapons, he set out with a companion to walk to the capitals of the four then-existing nuclear powers – France, Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States – in a “pilgrimage for peace.”

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Jeff Rubin

Jeff Rubin is a Canadian economist and author. During a stellar career with CIBC...

Jeff Rubin

Jeff Rubin is a Canadian economist and author. During a stellar career with CIBC World Markets he made a name for himself with prescient predictions. He has a knack for generating controversy, being mocked by peers only to be proven correct as history unfolds.

Jeff was born in 1954, and after receiving his B.A. from University of Toronto and his Master’s from McGill, both in Economics, Jeff began his career with the Ontario Treasury Department. There he projected future interest rates.

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Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer, PhD, OC, is an internationally-celebrated independent author, colum...

Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer, PhD, OC, is an internationally-celebrated independent author, columnist and broadcaster based in London. His syndicated column on international affairs is published in more than 175 newspapers in at least 45 countries. Ironically, it is published in very few newspapers in his native Canada, where the owners of the leading chains (and the governing political party) do not appreciate Dyer's clear-eyed observation of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is Leader of the Green Party of Canada. An environmentalist, write...

Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is Leader of the Green Party of Canada. An environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer, Elizabeth has been a leader in the environmental movement since she was a teenager, when she was part of a successful campaign to stop aerial insecticide spraying near her home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

In a later attempt to prevent herbicide spraying, she and her family sacrificed their home and seventy acres of land in a lawsuit won by Scott Paper – but the suit delayed the spraying long enough to prevent the use of 2,4,5-T altogether.

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Ronald Colman

Dr. Ronald Colman is founder and executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profi...

Ronald Colman

Dr. Ronald Colman is founder and executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group that has constructed an index of wellbeing and sustainable development called the Genuine Progress Index, using Nova Scotia as its test-bed. The GPI is a response to narrow measures like Gross Domestic Product, which record ecological destruction as economically positive. As Ron has put it, under such measures “we may appear to be richer, but our natural world is poorer.”

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Bridget Stutchbury

Bridget Stutchbury was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto. She completed her...

Bridget Stutchbury

Bridget Stutchbury was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto. She completed her M.Sc. at Queen’s University and her Ph.D. at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology at York University, Toronto, and she is affiliated with more than a dozen organizations that seek to preserve bird habitats.

Why do birds have such glorious songs and such vibrant plumage? How do they choose their mates and care for their young? Do they have multiple sexual partners – and if so, how do they accomplish that, and how do their mates react?

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Chris Turner

Chris Turner is a journalist, best-selling author, and a sought after public spe...

Chris Turner

Chris Turner is a journalist, best-selling author, and a sought after public speaker. His determination to find tangible solutions to climate change has injected new hope into the environmental movement.

Chris was born in 1973 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, into a military family. He has lived in the Canadian North, the American Midwest, Germany, and India. Chris studied history at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and journalism at Ryerson, but his obsession with culture and technology led him to Shift Magazine, one of the more influential Canadian magazines of the 1990s. He started there as an intern but stayed on after his 1998 graduation from Ryerson until 2003.

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Dr. William Rees

Dr. William Rees has been a professor at the University of British Columbia’s ...

Dr. William Rees

Dr. William Rees has been a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) since 1969. He founded SCARP’s ‘Environment and Resource Planning’ concentration and from 1994 to 1999 served as director of the School.

Born December 18, 1943, Bill Rees grew up on a farm in in southern Ontario, and dates his environmental awakening to a boyhood day when “I happened to glance down at my plate full of young new carrots, little potatoes, fresh lettuce, and I realized that there wasn't a single thing on the plate that I hadn't had a hand in growing. I suppose it was like an epiphany kind of experience.”

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Bunker Roy

Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy was born in Burnpur Bengal, present-day West Bengal in 1945....

Bunker Roy

Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy was born in Burnpur Bengal, present-day West Bengal in 1945. His nickname “Bunker” comes from the Bengali habit of rhyming siblings’ names; his brother’s name was “Shanker.” Roy is proud to be a Bengali. Bengalis, he says, have a reputation for being forward-looking, for being great thinkers and talkers, for being emotional, and for loving music and plays.

He is an Indian social activist and educator. He went to the Doon School from 1956 to 1962 and attended St. Stephen's College, Delhi from 1962 to 1967. He earned his master's degree in English.

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Andrew Nikiforuk

Writing about melting glaciers, educational shams, peak oil, the destruction of ...

Andrew Nikiforuk

Writing about melting glaciers, educational shams, peak oil, the destruction of the boreal forest and the Alberta tar sands, Andrew Nikiforuk has earned an enviable reputation as an honest, stylish and provocative Canadian journalist. His work has appeared in numerous major magazines and in both national newspapers.

In 1990 the Toronto Star awarded him an Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy to study AIDS and the failure of public health policy. In the late 1990s, he investigated the social and ecological impacts of intensive livestock industries and the legacy of northern uranium mining for the Calgary Herald.

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Dr. Gregory Cajete. Ph.D.

Gregory is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the fo...

Dr. Gregory Cajete. Ph.D.

Gregory is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has pioneered reconciling indigenous perspectives in sciences with a Western academic setting.

Cajete earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and sociology from New Mexico Highlands University, with a minor in secondary education. After completing his Masters of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico he aspired to continue his studies there.

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Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a scientist, gardener, writer and broadcaster who com...

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a scientist, gardener, writer and broadcaster who combines medical training with a love of botany. Raised in Ireland, she now lives with her husband on a 160-acre farm and forest in Merrickville, Ontario.

When her parents died when she was 11, she was taken under the care of a Brehon wardship in the South of Ireland, after which she was raised by an uncle who taught her everything from physics to Buddhism and Gaelic poetry. She was one of only two women among over 100 men to graduate in science from University College Cork in 1963, where she had taken on a “crushing load of studies in classical botany, molecular biology, mathematics, and medical biochemistry”.

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James Lovelock

James Lovelock is that rarest of rarities in the scientific world, a freelance s...

James Lovelock

James Lovelock is that rarest of rarities in the scientific world, a freelance scientist. Most scientists spend their careers inside institutions – universities, governments, research centres, corporate laboratories. James Lovelock has spent plenty of time inside institutions too – but as a migrant worker, not a settler.

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Paul Watson

Paul Watson is an animal rights and environmental activist committed to direct a...

Paul Watson

Paul Watson is an animal rights and environmental activist committed to direct action and marine life conservation. He is founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which intervenes with illegal fishing and whaling activity.

Paul has never been a stranger to controversy, and has used it in the mass media to draw attention to the plight of whales, sharks, and other marine fauna. He has been arrested numerous times, on charges stemming from collisions with poaching whaling and sealing boats, but he has never been convicted of a crime.

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Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat has sold more books than any other Canadian author. His more than 4...

Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat has sold more books than any other Canadian author. His more than 40 books have been translated into over 20 languages, selling 18 million copies in 60 countries. He is also a renowned conservationist.

Originally from Richmond Hill Ontario, Farley’s family moved to Saskatchewan during the Great Depression. As a teenager, Farley published a column about birds in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. He served in the Canadian army for most of the Second World War, entering the army as a private and retiring as a captain in 1945, having also been an Intelligence Officer during the latter years of the war.

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Vandana Shiva

Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandan...

Vandana Shiva

Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice.

Vandana Shiva was born in 1952 in Uttarakhand, India . Her father was a conservator of forests, and her mother was a farmer with a deep love for nature. Her parents were staunch supporters of Mahatma Gandhi, and Gandhi remains a profound influence on her thought. Echoing Gandhi, she says, “I have tried to be the change I want to see.”

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