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Premiering Sunday April 13 on CBS’ Showtime is the investigative series Years of Living Dangerously. In it, Ford and other Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to expose the dangers resulting from years of living without serious regard for our planet.  Green Heroes applauds CBS’s Showtime for airing the series in a key program slot on Sundays at 10 p.m. Green Heroes airs Sundays on TVO featuring stories of celebrity and everyday people  taking on climate change.

The first episode of “Years of Living Dangerously” features Harrison Ford as he travels to Indonesia; there he witnesses the deforestation of the country’s once plentiful jungles to support the palm oil industry. Even elephants living in state parks are at risk. Poisoned to make way for the replanting of trees, these elephants are just one of many species facing extinction.

The two other investigations done by NY Times Journalist Thomas Friedman and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle show the direct result of increased carbon emissions on our planet’s temperature and make the connection between droughts and social-political conditions – such as civil unrest in Syria and unemployment in the bible belt of America. In both cases, people are forced to move from their homes to the city, only to face under-paid, overcrowded, and stressful living conditions.

As a warm-up to a night of climate change enlightenment, tune into TVO as Green Heroes’ second season airs with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 6:00 p.m. Biting into Change features celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy and legendary music producer Daniel Lanois. Green is the New Black tracks three fashionistas as they take on the mega beauty biz.

At the Green Heroes Academy embark on a personal journey to make a difference with a mobile app filled with fun, family focused activities. Go the extra mile with challenges like the Transport Mission and make a difference– one green act at a time.

Planet in Focus, Canada’s largest environmental film festival and leading environmental media organization, will present environmental documentaries to celebrate Earth Day in Cineplex and other major theatres across Canada from April 23 – 25. Get tickets.

Our Back to Nature episode featuring Robert Bateman, Olivia Chow, Shaun Majumder, Ta’Kaiya Blaney and others, was selected to be among the documentaries shown on Thursday April 24. Green Hero Rob Stewart‘s documentary Revolution will also be featured on April 23.

Back to Nature explores the many benefits of escaping from our indoor world and into nature. The TV episode, along with the entire second season of Green Heroes, is set to re-air on TVO with back to back episodes starting April 13 and leading up to Earth Day.

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Thanks to celebrities like Neil Young and Yoko Ono, timely issues like the annual dolphin capture in Tajii Japan and the threat of an expanded tar sands development near Fort McMurray are in the news this month.

Green Hero, Ric O’Barry’s campaign to stop the annual dolphin capture that condemns these beautiful sea creatures to a life of captivity or worse, slaughter, led celebrated peace activist,artist, and wife of the late John Lennon, to write to the government of her native country, Japan on January 20.

Ric’s campaign to end the inhuman practice began more than forty years ago. As a former dolphin trainer, his life made a one hundred and eighty degree turn when his star pupil Flipper died in his arms, a victim of neglect after the hit 1960s TV series came to an end.

Ric’s campaign finally caught the attention of photographer Louis Psihoyos. nearly thirty years later. Although Louis had never made a film, the documentary he made about Ric and his campaign resulted in an Academy award for his directorial debut The Cove.

The film’s success raised awareness far and wide and caught the attention of female racecar driver, marine biologist, and Green Hero Leilani Munter. Leilani was so moved by the film, that her racecar and racing gear now carry the film’s logo to racetracks like Daytona, where it reaches millions of racing fans.

Leilani’s campaign to protect the planet is featured on-line and in the Green Heroes’ TV episode Oil Changers. The episode, which also stars hockey defenceman Andrew Ference and Tar Sands campaigner Clayton Thomas Muller airs on TVO.

Clayton Thomas Muller is our featured hero this month for the work he has done raising awareness of the impact Tar Sands development is having on First Nations communities. His campaign gained added support earlier this month when musician Neil Young staged a series of concerts with Diana Krall to raise funds to support the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations with Neil asking the government to honour the treaties made with First Nations people and put a stop to further expansion of the tar sands in native lands.

Since then Neil’s stance has garnered further support from other artists including Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, actor Neve Campbell, author Michael Ondaatjje and Green Heroes Sarah Harmer, Gord Downie, Tzeporah Berman, Andrew Nikiforuk and David Suzuki.

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Greetings and Happy Holidays from the Green Heroes team! December brings the new year with festivals of love and friendship, and may we continue into the new year with that profound love for each other and the planet we live on. Here’s to optimism as we head into 2014!

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Planet in Focus, Canada’s largest environmental film festival opens Thursday, November 21 featuring an  array of films and events that includes our own Green Heroes: Back to Nature TV show and its new companion mobile app.

The Festival kicks off with an opening night celebration with Canadian eco-hero tribute to Inuit director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and the premiere of John Walker’s latest documentary, Arctic Defenders.

The festival has something for everyone. School field trips to see Rob Stewart’s ‘Revolution’ and TVO’s ‘The Water Brothers’, an industry day, pitching and award competitions, and this year’s international eco-hero winner, Col. Chris Hadfield’s appearance on closing night, Sunday November 24.

Green Heroes is proud to have Back to Nature screen as part of Green Family day on Saturday morning at the AGO. The documentary explores the issue of Nature Deficit disorder with commentary from twelve year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Shaun Majumder, Edward Burtynsky, Andrew Nikiforuk, Robert Bateman, Olivia Chow and more.

This free 9 a.m screening, at the AGO, is follwed by a Q & A with Ta’Kaiya and a demonstration of our new Green Heroes Academy app. Afterwards families can try out actions in the Back to Nature mission aimed at getting kids and their parents to re-connect with the great outdoors.


Green Heroes would like to offer a free screening pass to the Planet in Focus film festival to the first person who posts a picture action from the ‘Back to Nature’ mission in the  Green Heroes Academy app. Users will have to join the Green Heroes Academy Facebook page to have their picture post on Facebook.

1) Play or Download the Green Heroes Academy on your mobile device @ www.academy.greenheroes.tv

2) Join the ‘Green Heroes Academy‘ Group on Facebook

3) Select the Back to Nature mission in the app and do any of the photo missions!

4) Post to Facebook or tweet about it with #greenheroestv

November marks the transitionary period from vibrant fall foliage to winter’s beautiful crystal clear skies…and all the pale and muddy shades in-between.

While some may be delighted to see the seasons first snow flakes fall from the sky, others may not feel so cozy to the thought of the coming winter landscape. Nevertheless, we will continue with cheerful optimism – and what better to spread that November cheer but with the launch of a new Green Heroes Academy Contest!!! [I can already hear the forming snow flakes cheer from the skies] To celebrate Canada’s transition from Autumn to Winter beauty (and with it the coming holiday season), Green Heroes partnered with Donna Bishop’s Green Beauty salon to award November’s winner with a $125 certificate for use at the salon along with a consultation.

Green Beauty is a full service hair and beauty salon location in beautiful Lawrence Park in Toronto, as well as an online boutique. At Green Beauty, we are beauty fanatics who won’t sacrifice performance or quality in our skin care, make up or hair care. And we insist that these products are clean, healthy and safe for your entire family.  How do we decide what’s safe? We don’t. We decide what works. Founder and makeup artist Donna Bishop tests every single product to ensure it meets our high performance standards (several brands are used on actors in films and TV series). We let the experts decide what is safe, like David Suzuki and Environmental Defense. That means there are no carcinogens (cancer-causing), endocrine disrupting (mess with your DNA), or animal testing (that’s right bunny—you’re safe). All the ingredients are listed, every single one, whether you buy online or come into the salon. No surprises. Love that.

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To win the prize, this month’s action is to introduce us to your favourite eco store (for clothes or beauty products) and tell us why you like it.

Watch what NOW Columnist (and Green Hero) Adria Vasil loves about her favourite eco store as she gives us a tour of The Big Carrot in Toronto.


Here’s how to enter:

1) Play or Download the Green Heroes Academy on your mobile device @ www.academy.greenheroes.tv

2) Join the ‘Green Heroes Academy‘ Group on Facebook

3) Complete Action: Beauty Mission – Shop Wisely – Action 2: Introduce us to your favourite eco store (for clothes or beauty products) and tell us why you like it.

4) Upload to the Green Heroes academy Facebook group with ‘#GreenHeroesContest’ in the caption.

5) Share! The most likes on Facebook wins.

Last month’s contest featured a BionX bicycle upgrade – awarding the winner, Justin Arjune, with a free e-bike installation. Justin’s post to the Academy with his favourite way to travel using a Bixi bike for downtown trips netted the most likes and comments onto the Green Heroes Academy Facebook page.

Here’s what Justin had to say upon winning the contest: This is incredible! The first time I ever tested an e-bike I knew I was riding the future, I can’t believe I can have one of these systems on my bike! Thanks Green Heroes!

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BionX Contest Winner

Thank you to BionX for offering this amazing prize!

Do you have an affinity for all things green? Looking for innovative ways to create positive change in your community? Yes! Then you are going to want to be at Earth Day Canada’s Beyond Green Youth Summit in Toronto this weekend, October 25-27. Participants will get to mingle with leading environmentalists, including talks by Green Heroes Tzeporah Berman, Emily Hunter and Adria Vasil.

Friday night launches with a keynote presentation hosted by TVO’s Water Brothers at the Bloor Cinema, followed by a short eco-film fest that will display new works by Emily Hunter and the Water Brothers among others.

Saturday and Sunday will consist of a myriad of workshops exploring environmental themes of everything under the sun…and beyond. Green Heroes’ producers Joan Prowse and John Bessai will be leading saturday’s ‘Green Heroes: Creating a Media Channel’ workshop from 2-3:30 pm, exploring how to launch successful media platforms that can engage a worldwide audience for positive change.

Green Heroes will also be filming more inspirational stories at the event, such as Majora Carter! Don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday this sunday!

Click here more information on Earth Day’s Beyond Green event, and may all your green dreams come true!

Twitter: #BeyondGreen


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The Beyond Green Weekend was an inspiration to everyone that attended – creating an electric atmosphere amplifying the spirits of youth and fellow eco-mentors from across the country, showing that Canadians are deeply concerned about coming up with solutions about the environmental problems we are facing today. On saturday’s keynote presentation, Canada’s tar sands was a hot topic with speakers Ben Powless and Tzeporah Berman advocating for Canadians to stand up against the destruction of its boreal forest and waterways – Canada’s innate beauty. How can you begin to stand up and make yourself heard? November’s Canada-wide action with defendourclimate.ca will put you on the front lines of keeping this country, and the world, beautiful.

Moviegoers may recall seeing trailers for the documentary Watermark in select theaters. Imagine that, documentary trailers are a rare sight for eyes trained on conventional movie fare, but Watermark undoubtedly earns its following. After being the subject of Jennifer Baichwal’s Manufactured Landscapes in 2006, Edward Burtynsky has become co-director in what is now their second collaboration. Green Heroes caught up with Edward amid production on Watermark for the The Art of Change episode.

What I realized with Manufactured Landscapes and the success that she [Jennifer Baichwal] had with putting that film out was that the audience that began to see my work expanded so far beyond the gallery going audience…I realized that more people found out about me as a photographic artist than I could ever get just through showing in museums and galleries…so the light went off that film had incredible reach.
- Edward Burtynsky

As Manufactured Landscapes explored the degree to which industrialization had become a detriment to the health of China’s people and environment, Watermark takes a look at the uses of Earth’s most important natural resource, water. Taking a global look at the relationship humans have with water – as a source of leisure – as a connection to spirituality – as an industrial resource – as a source of life. On the big screen the film offers a documentary experience like no other, offering an immersive 5K projection that beautifully reflects the film’s poetry at the hands of cinematographer and producer Nicholas de Pencier.

Watermark broadens our perspective of water and the significance it has over our lives – how the way we treat water is how we treat ourselves.

For more information about the film and available cinemas – click here

Spectacular sunsets, walks along the beach and muddy hikes through the woods; these are moments in our lives that open our eyes to the wonderful feelings when being surrounded by nature.

This month, the Green Heroes Campaign focuses on Artist Robert Bateman, one of the world’s most celebrated wildlife artists and naturalist painters. Bateman’s work reflects his commitment and dedication to the preservation of the natural world. Since the early 1960s, he has been an active member of naturalist and conservation organizations. He has used his prints in fund-raising efforts to provide millions of dollars for worthy environmental causes. In 2007, he donated 11 million dollars of artwork towards the Robert Bateman Centre, creating a catalyst for environmental research and study.

Bateman’s efforts towards preserving our world’s ecology, biodiversity, vanishing habitats and endangered species, sends a strong message to his following: We need to challenge the public and society’s leaders to create a new dialogue about our relationship with nature. Bateman tells Green Heroes “We are losing that meaningful connections with nature. Today is all virtual, with people spending their time with video games and technology, we are rolling over an entire generation. I’m concerned about the future and I think it’s a pivotal time to make a change.”

The question remains: “What can I do to live a healthier, more nature-filled lifestyle?”

Take a hike! Your health will benefit as you reduce stress and increase body endurance and strength. While doing so, you can enter Conservation Ontario’s Healthy Hikes Contest, where tracking your hiking hours in conservation areas gets you points to win great prizes. Go take a hike and see the benefits for yourself!

Enter our very own Green Heroes’ recently EXTENDED Fall Contest on until October 31, where taking a photo of your daily commute and uploading it to the Green Heroes Academy can win you an electric bike kit from BionX International. Watch this video to find your how to enter!

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