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GreenHeroes has been following the developments in the debate over the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline expansion that would go from Alberta to British Columbia.

First Nations groups such as the Gitxsan and the Haisla have been particularly vocal in their opposition to it because of the the threats to their environment and culture. Fishing will not be possible in the streams affected that the groups rely on. The Haisla warn that an oil spill would be catastrophic to their community.

Clayton Thomas-Muller, one of our GreenHeroes, is a Tar Sands Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental network. Watch our video to hear him talk about the environmental racism faced by indigenous communities and its impact on their health and culture.

Would you like to have a voice in the oil sands debate? Visit our campaign Clayton inspired us to create to get people involved.

Have you made any New Years resolutions this year? Are you skeptical that your actions could make a difference for the environment?

To inspire New Years Resolutions, this January GreenHeroes is featuring the work of iconic primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall and former marketing executive Stuart Hickox, two Heroes who have dedicated their careers to not only helping the environment, but showing individuals how they can help too!

Up first on our home page is Jane Goodall who travels the world sharing her message. Check out our Jane Goodall webisode to learn more about her work, including her program Roots and Shoots that engages youth in green action.

In very cool news, Disneynature, the organization that brings together filmmakers to tell stories about wildlife, has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute on Disney’s upcoming True-Life Adventure film release Chimpanzee, a story about a chimp named Oscar and his adventures in the forest with his family.

Go see Chimpanzee during its opening week and Disney will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute! Chimpanzee will hit theatres in North America on April 20, 2012.

GreenHero Tzeporah Berman, who we are currently featuring on our home page, recently wrote an Opinion piece for the Globe and Mail from Durban, South Africa where she was attending the United Nations climate change negotiations.

Tzeporah praises the advancements made in a “cleaner, safer and more stable economy.” She also criticizes Canada’s loyalty to oil and reminds us of the urgent need to act on climate change.

As you can see in her piece, Tzeporah is a passionate writer. If you’d like to read more of her writing, check out her recently released first book This Crazy Time.

Tzeporah Berman

Check out our latest newsletter to see Tzeporah’s campaign and our retrospective post on the work of our Heroes’ work in 2011!

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please fill out the CineFocus online survey to help this production company enhance its productions and understand how online activities can lead to participation in environmental initiatives. The deadline for completing the survey is January 7, 2012!

GreenHero Leilani Munter uses Youtube and other social media to share information about environmental issues she fights for like stopping the dolphin hunt in Japan and making clean energy accessible and appealing.

Tapping into the power of film, a power we know all too well at GreenHeroes, Leilani has posted many great videos, making at least some of them herself, on her Youtube Channel about her work on these issues.

You may expect that a person as popular and famous as Leilani Munter may put herself front and centre of her videos, but she doesn’t, if she is present in the video at all. Her focus is completely on the issues. They are emotional videos, as you can tell by the music and and images. This one is a good example, depicting her trip to Japan last year to try to end the annual dolphin slaughter there.

Leilani Munter also shares her message on Twitter.

Last week in the GreenHeroes Newsletter, we told you about race car driver and GreenHero Leilani Munter’s latest environmental actions: she helped illuminate the Empire State Building for awareness about the dolphin hunt and is preparing an eco-education program to share on the race track next year.

Among her many environmental commitments, she is an advocate for clean energy, electric cars and more, as you will see in our webisode on her. You can also read this great guest post Leilani wrote for our blog last year about why turning away from oil is necessary and doable.

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Recycle fashion. Save money. Help the environment. Look fabulous!

You can do all of this at once, as GreenHeroes learned first hand at the Shop Sustainable event in Toronto we told you about recently, a fashion swap and green marketplace hosted by Fashion Takes Action (FTA).

Shoppers swapped designer clothing at the event, choosing from hundreds of items FTA had collected to reduce the disposal of unwanted clothing and the demand for clothing manufacturing, a process that is generally hard on the environment.

They also browsed through the green marketplace where vendors sold everything from shoes with tire soles to necklaces made from previously owned beads.

Live Green Toronto and Ethical Deal, companies that provide consumers with resources and discounts to green companies to encourage green buying practices, were also present to inform attendees about their services and help those interested sign-up.

FTA held Shop Sustainable to make green choices accessible and appealing.

“Everybody wears clothes,” said FTA program director Sarah Kear about the huge potential greening the clothing market has to reduce our impact on the environment.

But sustainable fashion isn’t just about buying practices; it’s about cleaning, too.

That’s why Fashion Takes Action launched Resize Fashion’s Footprint at the event, an online pledge and education tool to help consumers make green changes to their water, detergent and electric use when they wash their clothes. Take the pledge today!

Visit the Shop Sustainable page to check out the vendors, sponsors and activities from the event!

More GreenHeroes stories about Fashion Takes Action and sustainable fashion are coming soon!

Browsing at Shop Sustainable - Photo Credit Emily Hunter

Browsing at Shop Sustainable - Photo Credit Emily Hunter

GreenHeroes recently got a taste of the wonderful work of the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO), one of our partners, at the organization’s recent Organic Dinner and Jazz night.

The event celebrated the sustainability and deliciousness of organic food with a four course, fully organic meal with organic beer and organic wine. But it wasn’t all about eating.

The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Ralph Martin, professor and Loblaw Chair of the Sustainable Food Production program at the University of Guelph, who tackled misperceptions that organic is unsustainable in his speech to the guests.

During the dinner OCO gave the guests a preview of some videos it has co-developed to introduce organic farming and raise awareness about why it is good for the environment, the economy and for health. Here is one of them!

The event raised nearly $5000 for the Organic Council of Ontario. Thank you, OCO, for a great night.

OCO is looking for nominations for the 2012 Organic Awards!

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CineFocus Canada, a Toronto based TV production company of arts and social issue documentaries and new media productions, wants to hear from you! They have created this short survey to understand how on-line activities can be used to enhance participation in real world initiatives around improving the environment.

We hope you will take the five minutes to complete the anonymous survey so CineFocus can continue to enhance their productions and deliver them in ways that are most relevant to you.

There is no deadline for doing this, but we suggest taking the time now, so as to get your feedback as quickly as possible.

Should you have any questions, please email CineFocus Canada directly at mail@cinefocus.com. Although anonymous, you can leave your email address so CineFocus can contact you to participate further.

The first completed survey we receive gets a free GreenHeroes t-shirt!

Do you enjoy shopping for designer or brand name clothing, but also want to make eco-friendly shopping choices?

If you’re in Toronto next week, you can do both at Shop Sustainable: An Eco Friendly Marketplace and Clothing Swap!

The event will be hosted by Fashion Takes Action, an organization that educates consumers and the fashion industry about sustainable fashion — a phrase that may seem paradoxical given the many environmental issues involved in the creation and disposal of clothing.

Shop Sustainable will take place on November 29, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Visit the Fashion Takes Action website for details.

Joan in Centre

Speaking of sustainable clothing, did you know that the GreenHeroes t-shirt is made from recyclable materials? It’s cute and comfortable too! Check out producer Joan Prowse and our GreenHeroes posing in our sustainable t-shirts!

Also, this week GreenHeroes became an official top ten finalist in the ClimateSpark Venture Challenge! Thanks so much to our fans whose support has helped us come so far! Stand by for updates on our position. In the meantime, check out our winning proposal.

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The GreenHeroes Newsletter is out! Read these stories and more:

We filmed two new Heroes for the second season at the Dew Line Concert: Climate is Culture, hosted by Cape Farewell, a great organization that brings artists and scientists together to address climate change.

We have great news on our ClimateSpark proposal and information on how you can get involved to support our upcoming programming and social media game that will encourage green action.

Note: Our ClimateSpark rating has changed since this newsletter was published.