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


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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Eco-economix: The Last Words of the Codfish

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 | 0 comments

“I think a lot of people are concerned that if they go overboard about the environment, it’ll have a negative effect on the economy,” said my friend. “That’s just a total misunderstanding of reality,” I said. “Don’t they know that the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment?” My friend smiled at...

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Two New Interviews! Sarika Cullis-Suzuki and Edmund Metatawabin!

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Two new interviews! Sarika Cullis-Suzuki and Edmund Metatawabin! Over the past few weeks, we’ve released two new Green Interviews with two remarkable Canadians. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki is a young scientist, a passionate advocate for the oceans, while Edmund Metatawabin is a remarkable Cree leader and writer who actually remembers daily life in a culture that was...

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Hear The Celtic Mass for the Sea!

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 | 0 comments

In an upcoming Green Interview, composer Scott Macmillan and librettist Jennyfer Brickenden talk about their magnificent environmental composition "The Celtic Mass for the Sea." The Green Interview will also be posting a complete video of a live performance of the Mass, captured on video on June 9 on the Halifax Waterfront, as one of our Special...

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Salmon Wars Documentary – View The Trailer!

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 | 0 comments

The trailer for our upcoming documentary, Salmon Wars, has just been released! See it here: http://youtu.be/EimPqpMlInY Background: in recent months, the international salmon-farming industry has been applying for new sites and new leases — on a truly massive scale. A pair of farms in St. Mary's Bay is licensed to produce 1.4 million salmon, and wll...

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Daniel Pauly!

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Dr. Daniel Pauly,  our newest Green Interview, is a legendary fisheries scientist, an authority on the overall state of world fisheries and fish stocks, and a bold, incisive thinker.   Pauly  is the driving force behind FishBase, a database on the web that contains detailed information on all the 35,000 fish species known to science. He and his...

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Alanna Mitchell!

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Alanna Mitchell, our newest Green Interview, has been called “the best environmental journalist in the world” — and by The World Conservation Union and the Reuters Foundation, no less. Her latest book is Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean, a passionate investigation of the health of the ocean. As she points out, despite the different...

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The Living Beach re-visited

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 | 0 comments

In 1998, I published The Living Beach, my most extensive piece of environmental writing — an account of the fascinating dance of wind, sand and water that makes beaches, live, grow, shrink, die and adapt. The book won a bunch of awards, but when the publishing house was sold to a multinational corporation it instantly went out of print.  (The hardcover is...

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The Most Glorious Beach in the World (1998)

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 | 0 comments

"My favourite beach?" asks Dr. Miles O. Hayes of Columbia, South Carolina. "There's no doubt that the most beautiful beaches in the world are the beaches in South Carolina. You should go to Kiawah Island. Beautiful clean white sandy beaches."    Amused by his own boosterism, Hayes laughs heartily. He is an internationally recognized...

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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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Alexandra Morton and the Sacredness of Salmon

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 | 0 comments

Alexandra Morton! Alexandra Morton is the founder of the Raincoast Research Society, a passionate advocate for the marine life of the Pacific coast – and a constant thorn in the side of governments and irresponsible aquaculture corporations. A trained biologist who went to the remote Broughton archipelago to study the communications of killer whales, she was...

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Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson: Living Lightly on the Sea

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 | 0 comments

Nobody leaves a smaller footprint than a long-distance cruising sailor, who has to live for a month or more on the food, water, fuel and other supplies that can be packed into a boat with a living area about as big as a sheet of plywood. And no cruising sailor leaves a smaller footprint than Annie Hill or Trevor Robertson, whose radically simple lifestyle was...

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The Return of The Gorge in Victoria

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 | 0 comments

My friend Rafe Mair, former Vancouver radio host and former BC Environment Minister, sent this to me (and many others) last week. It’s a wonderful story, reminding us yet again of the millions and millions of people around the world who are tackling their own little pieces of the global problem. Paul Hawken describes this as the greatest social movement...

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Conserving Water — or Maybe Not

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 | 0 comments

In the summer issue of Zoomer, Moses Znaimer’s hip new magazine for mature and over-ripe Canadians – I’m one – is a article by Jane MacDougall on conserving water. Reacting to the fact that water is becoming a scarce resource globally, and that the average Canadian uses a prodigious 329 litres daily, MacDougall lays out six principles for...

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The Nobel Prize of Sailing [Sunday Herald, January 2010]

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 | 0 comments

“Annie,” said Marjorie, “do you think hollyhocks would do well over there by the fence?” Annie Hill laughed aloud. “Marjorie,”she said, “I wouldn’t know. I haven’t had a home ashore since I was 19 years old.” It’s true. At 20, Annie and her first husband, Pete Hill, sailed from England to the...

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Salmon Aquaculture Heats Up

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 | 1 comment

Last January, I wrote a column about net-cage salmon aquaculture that roiled the normally-calm editorial pages of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. Elsewhere — in Norway, Scotland, British Columbia — that form of aquaculture is extremely controversial. But not in the Maritimes. I thought we should be looking at it much more carefully. And now, it seems,...

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Five Favourite Beaches in Cape Breton

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 | 1 comment

It’s fun to go online and find your opinions being debated by others. A few years ago, being considered something of an expert on beaches beause of my The Living Beach project (which took the form of a book, a video, a magazine piece, a TV show, etc.) I was asked to name my five favourite Nova Scotia beaches. Nova Scotia? I said. Heavens, I can name five...

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Hormones in Salmon: A Clarification

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 | 0 comments

My January 30 column on salmon aquaculture brought a lot of response, and I will probably publish more about it here as time goes by. In the meantime, though, it appears that what I said about hormones was misleading. The column brought a little note from one Jeremy Twigg, who “was wondering where he heard that Canadian salmon farmers use...

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The Future of the Salmon – Sunday column, January 30, 2011

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Last month, 138,000 farmed salmon escaped from feedlots on the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy, which scarcely caused a ripple in the Maritime consciousness.  Elsewhere – in Norway, Scotland, Chile, British Columbia – salmon farming is a highly controversial industry. Here it skates along smoothly under the radar. Salmon farming is...

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