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GreenHeroes has gathered together several of our contributing artists and has created our very own GreenHeroes on-line radio station.
Tune in as of April 1st and listened to musicians tell us about what inspires them to make the music they do, why they are passionate about the planet and how they are connected with GreenHeroes. There will be tons of great tunes playing alongside the musician’s commentary. Come along to the launch party tonight and get a preview of some of the performers with whom we’ve partnered.

Launch Details:
At 9 p.m., Revival opens its doors to the public to celebrate Mediazoic’s launch and host our own awards show – The Zoics – all live-streamed to the Internet!
Click here for details or:

Hope to see you there!
Yours in music,
The Mediazoic and GreenHeroes Team

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Green Heroes had the chance to briefly interview Danny Michel at the Drake Hotel, on David Suzuki’s Birthday Party (March 20th).

Hundreds of artists submitted work for David Suzuki’s Playlist for the Planet, and Danny’s song: “Feather, Fur and Fin” was a winner. His performance was filled with extremely rhythmic melodies and the seamless interaction of a broad range of instruments. ‘Feather, Fur and Fin’ was written by Danny as a response to the way industrialization has destroyed so much land, which he observed while living just outside the city.

To watch the stop motion official video of the song, follow this link: ‘Feather, Fur and Fin’.

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By Talia Erlich

Environmental Artist

I’ve been working for the environment using art for two decades now, and I often design interactive installations or events (such as the Toronto Tree Festival) to ‘seed’ ecological consciousness or ‘bloom’ a green organization.

My ‘SEED ANGEL’ performance piece for Vandana Shivawas a call to visually represent and to honour the international green hero.

I first heard of Vandana Shiva through my work with Seeds of Diversity Canada (stay tuned for a blog post from its director!). I learned to appreciate the value of the ‘small stuff’ and people like Dr. Shiva who have been on the deck of a modern day Noah’s Ark story.

Until recently, only a few thousand people here in Canada understood the threat to food security, amongst other things, and have been heroically saving heirloom and rare seeds. They have effectively been a living gene bank for the rest of us.

Maintaining the right to save and share seeds has also been an ongoing struggle as agri-business and genetically modified technologies vie for market share and patents around the world. Advocates from across the environmental spectrum recognize the value and dangers if the people lose this basic right.

For a long while I’d been dreaming of a contemporary version of the ancient rite of seed sowing, so this was an opportunity to try a small gesture and also thank one of the giants of the seed-saving world. Dr. Shiva jumped right in and added a prayer from India that is recited when seed is sown: ‘May the seed be exhaustless’.

In her subsequent lecture at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design), she commented about the importance of cultural forms in sync with ecological action, and I felt affirmed that art can weave strong threads in the fabric of sustainability.

I welcome collaboration and the inspirations of others on creating these new forms.

Has Talia planted a seed of interest in you? Do you want to share your creative spirit with others and change the world with your art? Write to greenartstudio@gmail.com or visit her blog, Tali’s Green Log. For more ideas on how to join Vadana Shiva in action and to sow seeds in your community, visit our campaign page!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, you can plant the first seed: Share your story of how you’re planting seeds for change in your community, by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

Jason Mogus is the CEO of Communicopia, a communications firm dedicated to online strategy and design, supporting organizations working for sustainability and social change. He led the global TckTckTck climate change campaign last year, a transformational digital media campaign that has now grown from when he worked on it; the project continues to remind us that the clock is ticking on climate change.

It’s time to speak up and stand with leaders like Wangari Maathai, who is Talking Climate Change. Here, Jason shares the process behind developing this incredible campaign, sparking an important discussion and highlighting a great example of how a digital campaign can rapidly be transformed into real life collaborations.


By Jason Mogus

CEO of Communicopia

In 2008, leaders of global environmental and development NGO’s came together to grow public awareness around the impacts of climate change and the level of collaboration required to address them in the hopes of substantially influencing the upcoming UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

The newly created “TckTckTck” campaign contacted Communicopia to develop a digital campaign strategy and build TckTckTck.org. Structured as an “open-source campaign”, they needed help to use digital to support each partners’ campaign, grow a larger movement, and achieve the difficult political ends.

Despite ambitious goals, an intense timeline, complex dynamics between partners, and a highly emergent campaign plan, we sensed a chance to influence history and decided to give it everything we had.

While building TckTckTck’s complex website, video, mobile and social apps and other tools, we wasted no time in aggressively growing the campaign’s social networks and influence in the blogosphere.

The result was a powerful network of supporters who shared our content, plus a private community of leading bloggers, green editors, and digital campaigners that become invaluable going into Copenhagen.


Photo credit: TckTckTck(Flickr)

Although Copenhagen did not produce the hoped for results, TckTckTck as a force to unite movements was a major success. Our digital campaign helped re-frame climate as a human issue that needed attention now. We aggregated a constituency of over 17 million ‘global citizens for climate action’.

We influenced and connected media communicators to fight the spin from entrenched interests. And we convened moments of unprecedented behind- the-scenes and public collaboration among many of the biggest social change brands on the planet.


Photo credit: TckTckTck(Flickr)

We also showed that open campaigns are the future. No other structure would have facilitated such rapid growth, global collaboration, media influence, and people-powered network-effects, while building relationships and growing a movement that is still ready to fight for a better future for everyone.

– Jason Mogus, CEO of Communicopia


In 2010 TckTckTck’s digital campaign won a “Game-Changer” Award from the We Media Foundation, was short-listed for a Webby Award for world’s best advocacy campaign, and listed by The Guardian as one of the Top 50 climate tweeters in the world. Check out what else Communicopia is working on! And don’t forget to get involved in our own GreenHeroes digital campaign!

Join the movement, and tell your leaders that you’re ready for a climate deal. Speak up. Are you ready?

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, it’s time to speak up:
Share your story of how you’re starting a discussion on climate change and the environment and how you’re making your voice heard by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

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By GBM

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is off to Cancun, Mexico to bring a clear message to the COP 16: trees and forests have a significant role to play in reducing the impact of climate change when governance, community livelihoods and rights, as well as biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, are kept central in any decision making.

From November 29th to December 10th, the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Cancun, Mexico.

The COP is the highest body of the UNFCCC and comprises of environment ministers from 192 countries who have met once a year since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.


Photo credit: UN Climate Change

This summit provides a unique opportunity for GBM to share with the world our grassroots experiences dealing with the effects of climate change.

To showcase this, GBM will be hosting a side event called “Women’s Leadership on Climate Change Justice and the Grassroots Perspective” in conjunction with the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, Nobel Women’s Initiative, and Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative and Climate Wise Women.

At this event prominent women leaders, including former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, will discuss strategies for women’s participation in high-level decision making for climate change alongside GBM staff who support grassroots groups on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), to strengthen the international network working towards climate justice.

Watch an interview with Mary Robinson from A Burning Question, as she attempts to minimize the confusion surrounding climate change:

"Women are, by necessity, the first-responders on the frontlines of climate change and are a powerful source of hope in developing effective mitigation and adaptation strategies. They must have a meaningful seat at any table where climate and development policy-making occur. As illustrated by the success of their many environmental initiatives worldwide, women continue to demonstrate their ability to create positive change even under the most challenging circumstances."
Wangari Maathai, Founder of GBMI and Noble Peace Prize Laureate

Stay tuned to Greenheroes.tv for more on the upcoming Cancun climate conference!

And for frequent updates from the Green Belt Movement team, follow them on Facebook!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, it’s time to speak up:
Share your story of how you’re starting a discussion on climate change and the environment and how you’re making your voice heard by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

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Photo credit: The Boston Bruins

By Joan Prowse, Director

I really love this week’s episode because it’s about oxymorons. Despite working in fields that depend heavily on fossil fuels, these GreenHeroes have nevertheless found ways to help protect the planet.

Take Boston Bruins’ defenseman, Andrew Ference, as an example. He turned the jet-setting NHL Player’s Association onto carbon offsets. Virtually every player in the NHL now contributes to programs that help the environment.

Professional racecar driver Leilani Münter also offsets her sport by buying an acre of rainforest for every race she drives.

By the way, she only accepts sponsorships for her racecar from green businesses, and in so doing, uses the car as a big billboard for the environment.

Both Andrew and Leilani are tapping into their extensive fan base to extend the reach of environmentalism beyond the committed “deep greens” to the “mushy middle” – those of us who want to do something but have yet to take action. The two of them both visited the site of the giant oil spill in Louisiana in July to bring further attention to the problem there.

These two heroes have faced their share of criticism. In the middle of a brawl, Andrew’s been called a “tree-hugger”, and Leilani certainly has put up with a lot of criticism as a woman speaking out for the environment in a gas-guzzling, male-dominated sport.


Photo credit: Craig Davidson

It seems the naysayers have it out for people who are trying to make a difference. Just this past week a friend of mine, who works in the Alberta Tar Sands (of all places) asked me if I didn’t feel like a hypocrite jet-setting around the world to tell my stories.

My answer was simple – I’m doing my part by making stories of incredible people known through the airwaves and the Internet. What I’m hoping to do is change minds – like yours – across the globe.

Want to be a part of the action? Learn more about this week’s featured GreenHero, Wangari Maathai and start Talking Climate Change by visiting our campaign page!

Oil Changers premières on TVO tonight at 7 p.m. and repeats on Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, it’s time to speak up:
Share your story of how you’re starting a discussion on climate change and the environment and how you’re making your voice heard by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

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By Roohi Sahajpal

Ines Forte has lived in her home on Westmoreland Avenue for 37 years. She’s been growing fruits and vegetables in her spacious backyard for a long time but wanted something different this year. When she heard about GreenHere‘s free backyard tree planting project, she was eager to get involved.

"I’m a senior citizen on a low income and I wanted to take advantage of the free service," she says. Forte says that GreenHere has helped her beautify her backyard.

"I wanted more trees and more greenery in my backyard and now I have that."

GreenHere is a not for profit charity that works to increase green space in the Davenport neighborhood of Toronto. Their free backyard tree planting project is only one of the many initiatives that the charity is taking on. They also hold school workshops and community events to inform the residents in Davenport about environmental issues.

The Davenport area is surrounded by three major railway corridors and residents in the area face a greater risk of health issues because of this. Tammy Finnikin is the interim executive director of GreenHere and says that GreenHere’s ultimate vision for the area is to create a local arborist movement:

"We want local residents to plant trees and care for their trees so that eventually GreenHere can move to a different neighborhood and start the initiative over again."

GreenHere’s free backyard tree planting project hopes to plant 350 trees this year. They planted 162 in the Spring and another 188 will be planted this Fall. For more information on GreenHere you can visit www.greenhere.ca

Roohi Sahajpal is a third year Journalism student at Ryerson. Instead of merely reporting on what the candidates were doing for an online assignment covering the Toronto elections, she decided to dig up other interesting stories in the community. She discovered GreenHere and was intrigued by their ‘Greening Up’ Davenport and their Free Backyard Tree Planting Projects.

Want more ideas on how to join Wangari Maathai in planting trees and battling climate change? Stop by and discuss on our campaign page!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, it’s time to speak up:
Share your story of how you’re starting a discussion on climate change and the environment and how you’re making your voice heard by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

Watch and learn about our celebrity GreenHeroes
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We had a blast last weekend meeting a new batch of everyday GreenHeroes as we explored the great outdoors and delved into the wonderful world of technology.

First stop for us was with the Toronto Field Naturalists for a walk and talk about trees along the beach, and an in-depth lesson about the development of the park near Ashbridges Bay! The weather was brisk, and the company was informative.


From there, we busted out our inner geeks at the Free Geeks Green Tech Computer Toss, building up our knowledge of Ontario Electronic Stewardship and learning all about how to become part of the program. It was enough fun and to keep us energized all afternoon.


Our last stop was a bit of a departure from our “green” morning activities. We ventured downtown to Illuminite; what a neat performance by Circus Orange! This extreme tree lighting ceremony was definitely enjoyable family fun, and the GreenHeroes team was thrilled to be out and about.

Find us again next weekend, meeting new faces and collecting stories from you, our favourite everyday GreenHeroes, who are helping us save the planet, one story at a time.

You can nominate yourself or your friend as an everyday GreenHero here!

Want to be part of the action with the Street Team? Send us an email at Andrea@GreenHeroes.tv expressing your interest!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, it’s time to speak up:
Share your story of how you’re starting a discussion on climate change and the environment and how you’re making your voice heard by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

Watch and learn about our celebrity GreenHeroes
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What is a greenbelt? In its most basic form, a greenbelt is a tract of land, green space, aside and apart from development and urban areas. Its purpose may be to protect and maintain valuable farmland and precious natural resources, like fresh water and trees.

Our GreenHero Wangari Maathai found a way to connect her community to its environment by recognizing the social, economic, and political issues they face in daily life.

She created the Green Belt Movement, a global organization that helps local communities by re-shaping and greening their environment through tree planting and building up green spaces.

Believe it or not, Ontario is home to the world’s largest greenbelt. Burkhard Mausberg, president of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation explains how Wangari’s Canadian equivalent has its own way of connecting with its civilians, and how vital it is to our everyday lives.

Just like Wangari’s tree-planting actions, the continued efforts to maintain and grow Ontario’s greenbelt are helping to build an environmental legacy of our own in Canada.


Gail Krantzberg, Professor and Director of the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, The School of Engineering Practice, McMaster University


By Burkhard Mausberg

President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation


Burkhard Mausberg hiking on the Bruce Trail

Working in the environmental field for over 22 years has taught me a few things. The most important is that awareness of solutions to green issues needs to grow amongst Canadians.

It really comes down to this: we live in a busy world – and many people juggle more balls in the air on a daily basis than ever before. There is this moment at the end of the day, when you sit down, take off your work clothes and think, “How is it already 7pm?”

So as environmentalists, we have to realize that people are busy and we shouldn’t be preaching to them. Instead we need to reach out on their level, their time, their values and what’s important to them.

Which brings us to what I’ve chosen to dedicate my time to over the last six years: Ontario’s Greenbelt. Simply said, the Greenbelt is a great thing for Ontario.

It’s a world-leading law that preserves prime farmland and green spaces around the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

It gives us clean water and healthy local food. It’s bigger than P.E.I. and. In fact, at 1.8 million acres it is the largest Greenbelt in the world.

From producing the Quilt of Possibilities with the Ontario Crafts Council, the Beyond Imaginings photo exhibition at the Harbourfront Centre, and Hockey Night in the Greenbelt events where we sponsor Ontario Hockey League games in the Greenbelt, we are able to connect with people on their turf.

By presenting people with tangible and memorable stories that incorporate into their daily lives in a way that is not heavy handed, awareness – raising is welcomed.

Among the great impact the Greenbelt makes environmentally and agriculturally, it also has some positive economic value. It saves Ontario Taxpayers $2.6 billion per year in environmental services like water filtration and waste treatment and it provides $5.4 billion to Ontario’s economy through farming and its food production.

Ninety per cent of Ontarians believe the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions to the future of our Province and 88% say that even in hard economic times, upholding environmental policy is important.

As a recognized policy model for the world, the Greenbelt is a critical part of the solution to our environmental concerns and it has the possibility to change the region, our country and the world.

And it’s becoming much more than a land use policy; it’s a legacy that will significantly contribute to a healthier Ontario and reduce our impact on climate change.

Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation


For more information on Ontario’s Greenbelt, visit www.greenbelt.ca
You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, it’s time to speak up:
Share your story of how you’re starting a discussion on climate change and the environment and how you’re making your voice heard by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

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Alan Dater and Lisa Merton have been working together on the production of documentary films since 1989, and were inspired to make Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai after meeting Wangari Maathai back in 2002.

We were drawn to this vibrant story of the journey she took to save her community and it’s environment, and we were drawn to the complexity of links between poverty and development, and environment and good governance.

These two filmmakers felt compelled to tell her story of humility and strength in the face of trials and tribulations, and set out to bring her tale to millions of people. For them and for us at GreenHeroes, Wangari’s story should be a model for humanity.


By Lisa Merton, Director of Taking Root

This summer I had the amazing experience of showing our film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai in Kenya just weeks before the referendum on the new constitution.

Kenyans who are under age 30 do not really know about the struggles, sacrifices and courage of Wangari Maathai.

For them, seeing Taking Root was especially eye opening. They knew that she had “fought the government” but had no idea at what personal and professional cost; nor did they know that the roots of this “fight” took hold with the simple act of planting trees, an effort on Maathai’s part to meet the needs of rural Kenyan women whose daily problems stemmed from living in a degraded environment.

For older Kenyans who had lived through the Moi years (President Daniel arap Moi had a strangle hold on power from 1978-2002), seeing the film was deeply moving, and reminded them of what they had gone through to reach the monumental moment they were about to have: a referendum on a new constitution, which passed overwhelmingly.

For over 30 years Wangari Maathai has fought tirelessly for the protection of the environment, human dignity, social justice, human rights, and the protection of democratic governance.

The hundreds of communities that have benefited from the Green Belt Movement (GBM) are not only mobilized and trained for tree planting, they are also empowered through civic and environmental education seminars (CEE) to promote advocacy for environmental protection and human rights.


Ruth Wangari Thungu, one of the mothers involved in the 1992 Freedom Corner protests in Uhuru Park for the release of political prisoners, looks at herself in the film Taking Root with co-producer/director Lisa Merton, July 2010

Because of the GBM’s holistic approach to change documented in Taking Root, organizations and individuals from all over the world have asked us to translate the film into their languages.

They feel that it is an inspirational film to show in nations that are facing rapid deforestation, threats to human rights and good governance.

Therefore, we have embarked on a bold initiative to translate and dub the film into 22 languages. Thanks to film festivals, Taking Root has already been translated into 7 languages; we’ve just completed the Haitian Creole version (dubbed as well), and Kiswhili is almost finished!

Stay tuned and do visit our website at www.takingrootfilm.com and the GBM website at www.greenbeltmovement.org


Purchase a copy of Taking Root here.

Learn more about Wangari Maathai and start Talking Climate Change by visiting our campaign page!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, it’s time to speak up:
Share your story of how you’re starting a discussion on climate change and the environment and how you’re making your voice heard by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

Watch and learn about our celebrity GreenHeroes
Read our blog to keep up-to-date on GreenHeroes Campaigns
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