Conversations with people… and encounters with ideas… that are re-inventing the world.


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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Jane Goodall!

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 | 1 comment

The Green Interview recently posted a long conversation with renowned primatologist Dame Jane Goodall. Goodall is world-famous not only for her trailblazing research with wild chimpanzees, but also for her international environmental advocacy and for her youth organization, Roots and Shoots. “She was particularly brilliant on the relationship between a healthy...

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Stephen Best’s Bright Green Interviews

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 | 0 comments

Stephen Best’s Bright Green Interviews Stephen Best is a film-maker, environmental consultant and animal rights activist who has produced several lovely green interviews himself. Details below – but first a bit about Stephen Best. I met Stephen Best in 1975, on the ice north of Newfoundland, where we were both covering the seal hunt. I was a contributing...

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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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Meeting Jane Goodall – Sunday column, April 3, 2011

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 | 0 comments

 In 1965, when I was a graduate student in England, my young family and I rented a “maisonette” in north London from a young anthropologist and his family. Vernon Reynolds had lived in Uganda observing chimpanzees, and he had just published a book called Budongo: A Forest and its Chimpanzees. He was moving on to other things, but he mentioned a...

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The Animals in Ottawa – Sunday column, March 6, 2011

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 | 0 comments

“Canada,” said the US journalist, “is heading toward becoming an authoritarian state to an extent that surprises observers even in China.” Another comment on Bev Oda and the garrotting of Kairos? Nope. A reflection on the Harperites’ infatuation with harsh sentences and larger prisons? No. Kyoto, Afghan detainees, the G20 repression,...

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