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By: Aviva Friedman

Imagine touring North America in close quarters with 13 other adults, for over 3 months.

It might not sound like the coziest of experiences, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime journey that the Expedition Blue Planet team has set upon to bring awareness to local water issues spanning the continent.

I was contacted by Jonathan Smith, CEO of the non-profit Blue Legacy International, who offered us a sneak peek into the world of Expedition Blue Planet.

The team is led by Executive Producer and emerging explorer, Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

We were thrilled to learn that their project, a cousin of sorts to ours at GreenHeroes.tv, was landing in Toronto. We capture stories of “everyday heroes” to help change the world. They travel around North America, documenting “mainstream” local stories, the type of “in my backyard” stuff that sparks viewers into action.

How do they inspire people to take action on water issues? The team visits communities, interviews civilians and scientists, researches various histories of waterways, and weaves together stories to create a vibrant dialogue on water.

They believe, like we do, that mainstream folks are the change-makers.

We were eager to learn more about the project and to meet the crew of the Expedition Blue Planet team, so we spent a sunny day out at the Evergreen Brick Works to chat with Alexandra and Jonathan. Me and my team got a sneak peek inside their massive tour bus (formerly belonging to presidential candidate John McCain!) that they had converted to biodiesel just for their tour.

The most remarkable feature of the bus is their editing room. These techno-whizzes edit on the fly, creating short documentary clips to capture the stories at each major location they visit, from the Colorado River to the Gulf of Mexico. You can watch them all here, follow their progress through the St. Lawrence and see the completion of their journey on Facebook and Twitter.

They’re nearing the end of their journey now, but they’ve come a long way, met a lot of people, and seen some incredible stories about local water. You’ve got to see how it all started and what the tour is all about:

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, you can make a difference in your backyard. What actions are you taking to make a difference in your community? How are you acting locally to affect global change? Do you know someone who is a change agent in your community? Share your story here for your chance to win a prize in our contest

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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