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Farewell to Orri Vigfusson. Three cheers for David Korten. And one hand claps for Nova Scotia’s recent record.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Orri Vigfusson is one of my heroes – a very successful Icelandic businessman from a fishing family who made it his mission to save the wild Atlantic salmon from extinction by purchasing and retiring all the commercial Atlantic salmon fishing licenses in the world. Charming but relentless, Orri visited fishers from Spain to Russia to Labrador to Connecticut, found...

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Thank you, Halifax! And on to Antigonish!

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Wow! A standing ovation, brisk book sales, strong cash donations and a lively question period – what more could one have asked from our Halifax screening of the Green Rights film last evening at Mount St. Vincent University? The event was graciously hosted by MSVU President Ramona Lumpkin, and MC’d by Dr. Ian Stewart of King’s College on behalf of our...

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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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And now… Green Rights, The Tour!

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 | 0 comments

There it is, in a nutshell. In every creative project, there’s a tension between creating the work and helping it find its audience. For months, we’ve been finishing the keystone pieces of the Green Rights multi-media project (www.GreenRights.com) – a feature-length film called Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World, and a book entitled Warrior...

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Update: Two Green Interviews, A New Film, and A Bigger Film

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Hello, friends! Time — well past time, in fact — for a biggish update. As you may know, the Green Interview team devoted the first nine months of this year largely to the GreenRights Maritimes project which ultimately became Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes, and was broadcast by CBC Atlantic on September 5. If you didn’t see it,...

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Guest Post: The Latest Green Interview – Alberto Acosta

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 | 0 comments

The following is a guest post by Taylor Edison, student at the Kings Journalism School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The environment has rights: penguins, panthers, and rivers have the right to exist and flourish, and we have the right to a healthy environment. Ecosystems make up the foundation of life on this planet, and without a strong foundation the house will...

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Victoria’s Secret, the Blue Dot and the Philippine Attorney

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Interview: Tzeporah Berman You may remember the “Victoria's Dirty Secret” campaign from 2005 – a full-page ad in the New York Times showing a beautiful model in underwear, holding a chainsaw. One version of the ad (seen here) set the model against the background of a clearcut. The message: the erotic lingerie giant was printing millions of...

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A Great Report on the Global Tribunal for the Rights of Nature

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Lisa Mead of EarthLawyers.org, in the UK, has done a wonderful review of the Tribunal in Ecuador last January, and she includes links to video recordings of all the presentations, the judgments and much more. This is a superb report aimed at people who want to understand the process in depth. The first couple of paragraphs are below; just click the link to continue....

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Interdependence

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 | 0 comments

  We’ve just done a new logo and tag-line for our GreenRights film project – and here it is. I wanted to match it up with a phrase that would draw in our human audience but also place human well-being in the context of ensuring that Mother Nature herself is maintained in good health. In other words, I wanted a phrase that would tie together the idea that...

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South American Stories (3): Quito: Trials and Tribunals

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 | 0 comments

QUITO, ECUADOR The odd thing is that you can go to jail for smoking the wrong kind of cigarette or swiping a sweater from a store – but you can get away scot-free after demolishing a forest, destroying a mountain or poisoning the water that thousands of people (and other creatures) rely on for their very lives. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature wants to...

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South American Stories (2): Reclaiming the Riachuelo

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 | 0 comments

The basin of the Riachuelo river in Buenos Aires is home to nearly five million people, and it has been polluted for 500 years, ever since the Spanish first erected tanneries on its banks. Until 2004, nobody expected any change in that situation. As the new millennium began, the river’s surface was matted with debris, and the river was littered with 53...

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South American Stories (1): Ecuador – Chevron/Tóxico

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Awakening in Lima, Peru, listening to the robust hoots of the doves and the squawks of the parrots, I find myself reflecting on a three-week whirl through South America that has included three countries, yielded 11 Green Interviews, and provided the material for three of the main building blocks of our feature-length GreenRights documentary. The first of these...

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A Wild Week in Ecuador

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 | 0 comments

January 21, 8:00 PM Chris Beckett and I are in the air en route from Quito to Buenos Aires after a fantastic week in Ecuador. We spent our first three days at the Hacienda Pinsaqui in Otavalo, an hour’s drive from Quito. (Our companion on the drive from the airport was the celebrated aboriginal actor Tantoo Cardinal.) The Hacienda was an experience in itself...

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Let’s Make a Film Together! says Silver Donald Cameron

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Imagine if the Earth had rights. Imagine if you yourself had the right to clean air and water, the right to a healthy environment. You don’t, you know. In 177 countries around the world, people do have those rights. But Canadians don’t, and Americans don’t. Getting those rights into the North American legal system may be the most important single...

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