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The Oceanic Preservation Society

Founded in 2005 by marine enthusiast Louie Psihoyos, The Colorado based Oceanic Preservation Society’s sole mission is to motivate people to help protect and sustain our oceans. Like GreeenHeroes, OPS uses film, images and media as a medium from which to motivate people into eco-action. OPS is the creator of Ric O’Barry‘s Oscar winning documentary The Cove. This film has won more than 70 awards worldwide and inspired many people to act to protect the earth’s oceans and its inhabitants, especially dolphins.

OPS is currently working on a new documentary entitled Signing Planet which focuses on the mass extinction of oceanic species. This alarming trend is coupled with raising levels of toxins in the see and wide-spread destruction of coral reefs. Reefs are large indicators for the overall health of a body of water and if they begin to disappear, the consequences could be far-reaching. Through this film, OPS is aiming to once agin spread the word about the danger our oceans face.

You can do your part, even in your everyday chores. Fishonline,org is a great tool for determining how to shop and consume fish and seafood in a responsible, sustainable manner. Brought to you by The Marine Conservation Society, this group works toward the same goals of preserving our oceanic resources. They make it easy for you to help, so make this your first step!

When Ric O’Barry was denied the right to film in Japan, to tell the world about the slaughter of thousands of innocent dolphins, he didn’t let that stop him. He kept going and moved underground-or rather, underwater. It was 41 years ago this past Earth Day that Ric experienced a life-changing moment that began his years of dedication to the cause of preserving and protecting dolphins and their habitat.
Under cover of darkness and under threat of incarceration, divers from The Oceanic Preservation Society, Louie Psihoyos (director of The Cove) and Ric, planted equipment that captured the harrowing sight and sounds of innocent dolphins being killed in alarming numbers. By planting inventively customized cameras beneath the waterline, they were able to capture footage to make the awareness-raising The Cove. This film has been seen all over the world and has affected massive changes for the better. Documentaries have this power, as the outspoken filmmaker and director of the well-known Sur said:
the important thing was not the film itself but that which the film provoked.”
—Fernando Solanas
Here are just some of the things that the film The Cove managed to provoke:
-The cove in Taiji, Japan is no longer a secret.
-Previously, the film was banned in Japan, now it has been seen by hundreds of people within Japan.
-It helped fight off a proposal at the International Whaling Commission to lift the ban on whale hunting.
-Soloman Islands tribes agreed to end hundreds of years of dolphin hunting. NO DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN KILLED there in the past year for the first time in 450 years!
-Since The Cove the sale of dolphin meat within Japan was down 30%.
-Read more HERE for what other changes this film has affected.

Tomorrow is Earth Day! We want to know what you are doing to save the planet.

GreenHereos are everywhere; you could be our Earth Day GreenHero, just tell us what you’ve done on a past Earth Day and why the earth is so important to you.

What made you take action?

How have you showed the world that you were a GreenHero?

What is your story that is helping to save the planet?

Just leave us your entry in our comment section below and our director, producer and team of Green bloggers will choose choose a winner

The Greenest, most heroic story wins a GreenHeroes prize.

This Sunday at the Green Living Show, Green Heroes announced their new winner, Mary Gorman. Driven by her love for the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Mary has fought to prevent oil and gas development in the area, after the Canada-Nova Scotia Petroleum Board issued two leases for oil and gas development on both sides of Cape Breton Island.

From left to right: Gretchen Fitzgerald, Sierra Club of Canada, Jason Priestley, Mary Gorman, Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition. Photo Credit: Ruby Tree Film

Mary’s 12 year battle to protect the thousands of marine species in the Gulf and the Acadian, Gaelic and Aboriginal communities that surround it has required every ounce of her passion and dedication to the cause. She has involved fishermen, First Nations leaders,  several environmental organizations and more recently public figures like Jason Priestley to bring awareness and protect the Gulph. Taking the BP Oil spill into account, we must be aware of the threat that this might represent for our land.

Despite obstacles, Mary has managed to get the two shoreline leases for offshore oil and gas at Cape Breton withdrawn. As a Grand Prize winner, Mary and her drive to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence will be featured on the next season of TVO’s Green Heroes series. When called to the stage, a truly passionate voice took over the mic, urging us all to take a look at the situation and join her cause for the protection of our country’s environment. Mary’s heart-felt gratitude and unwavering determination were written all over her words.

GreenHeroes is participating at The Green Living Show this weekend
April 15-17 at The Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. This is the largest consumer
show in Canada, attracting over 25,000 visitors each year. There are hundreds of
other exhibitors to see, after you’ve come by GreenHereos of course. So come learn
about easy, workable, and enjoyable solutions to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

We will be at our booth (#337) Friday the 15th (10 a.m.-10 p.m.), Saturday the
16th (10 a.m.- 10 p.m.), and Sunday the 17th (10.am. -6 p.m.) along with some
of our very own GreenHeroes. You can drop by and Nominate a GreenHero in
our ‘Director’s Corner’, tell us who you know that is making a difference.

Watch our webisodes on the main screen or attend some of the many other
great events. Our own GreenHero Emily Hunter will be there speaking at the
youth forum Friday at 11:30. From 1-2 p.m. she will be in our booth greeting
people and signing copies of her new book “The Next Eco-Warriors”.

We will be announcing our next GreenHero contest winner on stage! Come
hear the announcement live Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and find out who our champion
GreenHeroes is as selected by our jury members and who will appear in our next
season of GreenHeroes webisodes.

Watch GreenHeroes on TVO Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
Or see video profiles of our 24 heroes at our website at www.greenheroes.tv

By Joan Prowse, Producer/Director, GreenHeroes At last year’s Banff World Television Awards dinner  held on Tuesday June 15, I was honoured to sit at the same table with two Green Heroes, David Suzuki and Louie Psihoyos, Oscar winning director of The Cove.

Director Louie Psihoyos, winner of Banff Green Personality Award with jury chair, David Suzuki

I was there as a member of the jury for the Green Awards. The jury, led by David Suzuki, was asked to award TWO Green Grand Prizes, one for a television program and one for a Personality, called the “David Suzuki Environmental Media Award,” that recognizes outstanding professional and/or personal achievements in raising public awareness and understanding of environmental issues through the visual media. It was a fantastic show that also included awards to Star Trek’s William Shatner, Eric McCormack of Will and Grace, and Ricky Gervais, from The Office (who I was sitting beside). After the awards, I went out for dinner with Louie Psihoyos (who received the Green Personality Award) to talk about his organization, The Ocean Preservation Society, The Cove and his next movie (which he plans to shoot in 3D.) Louie’s credo makes him a true Green Hero. He sees his movies as creating a movement of “Mass Construction”. His goal is to inspire people to create change and get involved. An acclaimed still photographer, he had never shot a frame of moving picture before he left for Taiji, Japan to film The Cove.

Louie took a three day crash course in video production – and began a four year odyssey to make a movie that has definitely hit its mark – crashing computer systems of government departments around the world as viewers write in to voice their opposition to policies that support the commercial capture and slaughter of dolphins.

Watch for our upcoming Green Heroes webisode on The Cove and its star Ric O’Barry, when GreenHeroes.tv launches in mid-July.

On a related note, CineFocus Canada was nominated in the international pilots competition for Green Heroes and was a finalist in the Digital Hot List category at the nextMEDIA Banff International Pilots and New Media Awards that were held the following day in Banff.


Tonight on TVO our first season of GreenHeroes is being rebroadcast starting at 7:30 p.m. This will be repeated Saturday at 4:30 p.m. We begin with episode one; Saving Species.

This stars Ric O’Barry star of the Academy Award Winning documentary The Cove. Ric started out as a dolphin trainer but when TV’s beloved Flipper committed suicide in his arms he dedicated his life to fighting against dolphin captivity and slaughter.

Also featuring Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous primatologist and one of its most famous conservationists. Back in 1960 in Tanzania, Jane discovered that chimpanzees fashioned tools to forage for food – forever blurring the line between animal and human. Up until that point anthropologists had defined man as ‘the toolmaker’. Dr. Goodall went on to fight for conservation of chimpanzee habitats and for the preservation of all endangered species. The Jane Goodall Institute promotes youth activism with its Roots and Shoots program.

William Lishman appears as well. William is the ultralight pioneer and inspiration for the Hollywood movie Fly Away Home. Bill had an epiphany whilst flying amongst a flock of geese, which led to a solution for migratory birds that he has now applied to endangered species, like the whooping crane.

Rob Stewart is the award-winning director of Sharkwater. This paradigm-shifting doc challenges the age-old image of sharks as villains and explains their importance to the planet and to our own survival.

Episode 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 follow subsequent Tuesdays and Sundays. Tune and and find out how these folks ventured forth in the name of the planet.

Small, simple changes can make a big difference if we all chip in. Just like another one of our GreenHereos Stuart Hickox, David Suzuki has some great suggestions about how many little acts can change the world.

How to:

Go Green in your Workplace

Getting to and from work for many of us means taking the car everyday, just think of the inefficiency! One person per car is hardly a ride worth taking. Tune up your bike now that the weather is getting warmer, take the bus or even start a carpool with your office mates who live near by. Why not use Facebook or your internal listserve to get people living close together riding together.

The next time you have a lunch or dinner meeting or any kind of catered event, try the “locavore” approach and choose foods that are grown locally and sustainably. There are all sorts of great resources out there for eating what’s local; blogs like this one or this Vancouver based one are an easy way to find out what’s new near you. It’s just a click away – what’s local to you?

Save resources by:
-Plugging any equipment into a power bar and turning it off until needed.
-Set ‘double sided’ as the default setting on your printer.
-Go electronic instead of using hard copies: phone and email, use overheads and power point presentations, get e-subscriptions, and use web resources.
-Use extra water to water plants, don’t simply toss it down the drain.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Another one of our GreenHeroes, Ian Clifford has created the Zenn Motor Company, for those who wish to invest in a hybrid car. David Suzuki urges those who wish to travel, to try and reduce airplane flights as much as possible. In the case of a vacation, you can try re-visiting your own city or traveling by bus or train instead. Flying economy allows more passenger space, and flying directly means less take-off/landing fuel. As for day-to-day transportation, now that Spring’s in the air, get your bikes off the rack or try walking to work or school.

Energy saving appliances can be acquired both for the office and home. LEDs promise a longer lasting bulb. They are still more expensive than regular bulbs, but a new generation of high efficiency incandescent bulbs is in the making. The best way to save energy to date (by over 75%) are Compact fluorescent bulbs.

Energy Saving Light Bulb

Composting might seem like an arduous task, but just like recycling, the moment you start, it easily becomes a routine. When it comes to food, buy local, buy organic.

Making a change that impacts our planet might seem like an overwhelming task, but by following these simple steps, we can help now to get a bit closer to a greener Earth. For a full listing of things you can do to help, by David Suzuki, click here.

GreenHeroes is launching an on-line radio station tomorrow! For full details see www.mediazoic.com and our previous post. Check out our Joan Prowse chatting with Mediazoic’s Greg Nisbet about the connection between music and eco-activism.

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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