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Green Lawyers

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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Thumbnail, Kindle and Calendar

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 | 0 comments

You spoke. We listened. You told us overwhelmingly that you preferred the photo that showed me talking with Mi’kmaw canoe builder Todd Labrador, beside the Wildcat River. But some of you found the people lost in the background. So we cropped it closer, clarified the text, and we’re using it as our thumbnail. Thank you! Here it is: Meanwhile, Warrior...

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The Minister, Halifax, Taiwan, and Hawaii

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 | 0 comments

So who’s that? Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, speaking with Bill Casey, MP for Colchester-Cumberland, Nova Scotia — who is a big fan of the Green Rights project and The Green Interview. And what are they talking about? Casey is presenting the Green Rights project to her, and strongly suggesting she attend the celebratory reception...

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In September: A New Film, a New Book!

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 | 0 comments

In 2012, the Green Interview team vowed to make a feature-length documentary about the human right to a healthy environment, and Mother Nature’s right to be respected and protected. It’s a right recognized in 180 of the 193 UN member countries — but not in North America. The film would tell inspiring stories about citizens and lawyers in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa who are using the courts to fight for clean air and water, healthy food, an end to the reckless abuse of the natural world, and environmental justice.

Done, my friends, done! In September 2016, the GreenRights film will be released — right here on TheGreenInterview.com!

And so will its companion book, Warrior Lawyers, where

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Jan van de Venis

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Stand up for Your Rights, Grrowd, and Guardians for Future Generations 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...

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Marjan Minnesma

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Marjan Minnesma, the co-founder and director of the Urgenda Foundation, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron in this exclusive Green Interview about the ground-breaking Dutch Climate Case, a suit her foundation, along with 900 Dutch citizens brought against the Netherlands to a successful conclusion in 2015. In an unprecedented verdict the District court in The Hague...

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Roger Cox

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 |

Roger Cox is the Dutch lawyer who initiated the successful, historic suit brought against the Dutch government known as the Dutch Climate Case. In this exclusive Green Interview, Cox discusses the details of the case, how the impending oil decline threatens human rights, and his 2011 book,Revolution Justified: Why Only the Law Can Save us Now.

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Daniel Sallaberry

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 | 0 comments

The Matanza-Riachuelo River and the Mendoza Case 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...

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Larry Kowalchuk

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Background Larry Kowalchuk is a courageous and distinguished human rights lawyer from Saskatchewan, who is acting for anti-fracking activists in New Brunswick. 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...

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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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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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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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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 Boyd

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

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...

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