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Heroes combat adversity with ingenuity, bravery and strength. Al Gore truly exemplifies these heroic attributes.

For over a decade, the former American Vice President has fought climate change, the greatest challenge of our time. In 2006, his Academy Award winning film An Inconvenient Truth, raised awareness about the need to phase out fossil fuels and shift to clean renewable energy.  Now eleven years later comes An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

In devastating detail, the sequel lays out the ongoing destruction of warming temperatures, rising seas and increasingly deadly storms. We also get to see Al Gore behind the scenes at international climate summits brokering complex deals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (I guess you could call this heroic diplomacy.) But what most inspired me was the focus on the power of ordinary individuals following in Gore’s footsteps promoting renewable energy solutions. The Climate Reality Leadership Corp  Al Gore created after his first film now numbers 12,000 and leads the way in the global movement for climate action. (Three members of the Green Heroes creative crew are part of this team.)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is definitely worth seeing. Afterwards, you might consider the path for your own hero’s journey combating climate change. The film certainly reaffirmed my commitment to Green Heroes and the people we’ve profiled, for instance: race car driver Leilani Munter , who after seeing Al Gore’s first film, launched a campaign to reduce fossil fuel in her sport, or fashionista Kelly Drennan who raises awareness about the environmental impact of the clothes we wear.

Ingenuity, bravery and strength. In the face of climate change, these heroic actions provide hope, a much better choice than despair.

On Saturday, June 15th, Environmental Defence held a gathering of all that is green beauty and healthy living. From making your own facial scrubs, learning about innovative new products, and even getting a full makeover, the Just Beautiful Eco-Beauty Market event was truly a success for green heroes everywhere.

While at the market, customers were given the Environmental Defence Personal Care Products Pocket Shopping Guidepocket guidea great way to easily identify the Toxic Ten in your products with a pocket-sized card. The vendors also offered amazing samples of their products while also explaining a bit about the importance of their companies and living green.

Graydon Moffat, creator of GRAYDON – Clinical Luxury by Nature, told us a bit about her “green cream”, which contains oils from broccoli seeds, saying: “Broccoli is my Green Hero”. Graydon is innovator with a wonderful cream and even better product line that meets specifications or requirements of beauty products because all of the info is readily available on her website

Next up, we met Ella Nunes – creator of Ella’s Botanicals, as well as Evan Healy of the evanhealy brand of skin and body care products. There were so many wonderful companies abiding by the Just Beautiful Pledge, including YOGA-TTA, a cool yoga mat spray, The Basic Elements, a new local company with vegan and organic skincare products, and Good Roots, an Toronto-based social enterprise that doesn’t charge tax for feminine care products! The team from eaurganic were another group of innovators in attendance at the Market that include vegan-friendly and gluten-free products.

A detailed list of all the vendors is available on the Environmental Defence website:

http://environmentaldefence.ca/issues/just-beautiful/events

Tune into Green Heroes this week for our Fashion and Beauty episode Green is the New Black featuring Ecoholic author Adria Vasil, Green Beauty spa owner, Donna Bishop (who is also a cabinet member of Environmental Defence’s Just Beautiful campaign) and Fashion Takes Action’s Kelly Drennan

Green Hero Kelly Drennan is really making an impact on in the fashion industry from the inside out. With the creation of Fashion Takes Action, an organization focusing on ethical, sustainable clothing and accessories, and developing the annual Connect Beauty event with WHEN (Women’s Healthy Environments Network), it’s hard to imagine that this Green Hero can help the environment any more than she already has. Well, Kelly proved us wrong yet again and has now helped FTA contribute to the One Million Acts of Green campaign, developed by fellow Green Hero Willa Black to help others partake in positive environmental acts in a record amount of time. FTA and Kelly use their One Million Acts of Green page to help resize your fashion footprint, creating awareness of how we can help save the planet through our fashion and how we take care of our clothing. From simple acts of hanging your clothes to dry to attending a clothing swap, Kelly and FTA have developed great ways you can take action through your fashion.

Join the Fashion Takes Action One Million Acts of Green: https://www.facebook.com/fashiontakesaction/app_132701093511426

Check out One Million Acts of Green: http://www.onemillionactsofgreen.com/

Check out the Green is the New Black Beauty Mission on the Green Heroes™ Academy App for more great ways to take action through fashion: http://academy.greenheroes.tv


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Our newest Green Hero, Kelly Drennan, is an eco-fashionista on a mission: to create awareness about supporting ethical, sustainable fashion. As the founder of Fashion Takes Action, a premier non-profit organization focused on ensuring sustainability in every item of clothing, shoes, and accessories, Kelly has a new and exciting event coming up this week to help save the planet.

In its 3 season, FTA and WHEN (Women’s Healthy Environments Network) team up for Connect Beauty, a lively event that features high-profile environmental leaders modelling eco-fashion trends! On Wednesday, May 22nd, eco-leaders and eco-preneurs will gather for great raffle prizes, auctions on clothing seen right on the runway, local food and drinks, and a chance to purchase ethical products from a variety of businesses.

You can buy tickets to the annual event and support the demand for ethical, sustainable fashion. Live Green cardholders receive a special discount on tickets to the event as well!

Connect Beauty takes place on Wednesday, May 22nd, at Revival Bar – 7pm

Kelly, FTA, and many other eco-friendly beauty and household businesses, tips, games, and challenges can be found on the new “Green is the New Black” Mission on the Green Heroes™ Academy App. Play a game, play a part in changing the world: Join the Green Heroes™ Academy to take quizzes, complete dares, and test your eco-fashion knowledge while helping save the planet!

 


More Info

Buy tickets to Connect Beauty: http://www.connectbeauty.ca/connect-beauty-2013.html
Learn more about FTA and support Kelly’s organization: http://www.fashiontakesaction.com/
Join the Green Heroes™ Academy to help Kelly save the planet: http://academy.greenheroes.tv

Check out the Green is the New Black Beauty Mission on the Green Heroes™ Academy App for more great ways to take action through fashion: http://academy.greenheroes.tv


Watch and learn about our celebrity Green Heroes

Join the Green Heroes™ Academy App to complete challenges and secret missions to become an honorary Green Hero too!

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On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7pm and 7:30pm, Green Heroes™ will premiere the new, exciting, and enticing second season on TVO. Produced by CineFocus Canada in association with TVO, the 6 x 30 minute series tells remarkable stories of people who acted on their ideas and heroically “ventured forth” to protect our planet. From the celebrity to the everyday person, each story details the different paths and interests the Green Heroes have taken in their quests to help save the world. Season 2 launches with special back-to-back episodes, “Biting into Change” and “Green is the New Black”, featuring Chef Jamie Kennedy, Daniel Lanois, Adria Vasil, and many more amazing Heroes who are saving the planet.

Now you can help save the world and become a Green Hero too by downloading the new Green Heroes™ Academy App (http://academy.greenheroes.tv) with different missions and actions relating to each of the upcoming episodes.

At 7pm, “Biting into Change” looks at how food is at the core of our life, but changing how we produce and consume food is at the centre of a sustainable life. That is why these Green Heroes are finding planet-saving at the end of a fork with celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy and renowned musician and producer, Daniel Lanois, at the forefront of it all.  Jamie is one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, and his passion for locally grown food has shaped the evolution of Canadian cuisine, one dish at a time. Collaborating with musicians and chefs to create FoodStock, a culinary event that drew 30,000 supporters to stop the mega-quarry of Southern Ontario farmland, Jamie is definitely one Hero to watch. Daniel is another Hero who made an impact by stepping out of the recording studio, after producing career-changing records for Bob Dylan, U2 and Emmylou Harris, and became a food advocate supporting Ontario farmers. In August 2011, he hosted and and helped organized the Harvest Festival Picnic in Hamilton, a celebration of local food and music with a line-up of stellar musical acts including the Tragically Hip and Sarah Harmer.

Then at 7:30pm, “Green is the New Black” observes that, for the planet, fashion and beauty items costs more than the price tag and that is why these Green Heroes are making it hip to go green. Adria Vasil is known for her informative Ecoholic books and column in NOW Magazine, offering incites on how to better treat our homes and bodies. Another Hero helping to green the beauty industry is Donna Bishop, a former makeup artist/hair stylist who has been a been a beauty and fashion insider for over 10 years. She created Green Beauty, a curated online beauty boutique and full-service spa in Toronto on her mantra that there is no need to compromise quality and effectiveness of makeup and other beauty products in order to be conscientious. “Green is the New Black” fittingly features eco-fashionista Kelly Drennan, founder Fashion Takes Action, the one and only organization in Canada that is re-sizing fashion’s footprint from the inside out. Over the years, Kelly witnessed, first hand, the enormous impacts of fashion, from energy, waste, chemicals and human rights abuses. Instead of being part of the problem, she decided to be part of the solution and today her organization is transforming the clothes we wear to make them more affordable and sustainable.

Be sure to tune in on EARTH DAY, April 22nd, at 7pm for our 1 hour, back-to-back Season 2 premiere on TVO. Full episodes and webisodes of all the featured Green Heroes will also be available on the Green Heroes™ website: http://www.greenheroes.tv/

Also play along with our Green Heroes™ Academy App, a fun way to help save the planet
http://academy.greenheroes.tv

WHERE TO FIND TVO

On air:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

Social Media:
Nerese Richter
Nerese@GreenHeroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


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