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Do you have a story to tell about great work you’ve done for the environment? Did you have to overcome a major obstacle to get there? Did something big inspire your pursuit of environmental change?
Are your children starting to feel lethargic? Stressed out? Having trouble concentrating? Are they irritable, angry, and bored now that the summer is almost at a close? The problem isn’t that they need to go back to school… it’s that they need to go outside!
NDP leader Jack Layton was a leader in environmental change. He co-founded the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, a program that finds solutions for air quality problems in the city. It has saved $55 million in energy costs and reduced Toronto’s emissions. Jack applied his passion for the environment to his personal life too. He and his wife Olivia Chow retrofitted their home with technology like solar electricity and window insulation. Read more…
NDP leader Jack Layton was a leader in environmental change. He co-founded the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, a program that finds solutions for air quality problems in the city. It has saved $55 million in energy costs and reduced Toronto’s emissions. Jack applied his passion for the environment to his personal life too. He and his wife Olivia Chow retrofitted their home with technology like solar electricity and window insulation.
Last week, we interviewed Olivia about their eco house for our new season. Olivia, a transportation critic, also advocates for green commuting.
We took this picture of Olivia outside of the beautiful home.
We reflected on Jack Layton’s environmental impact in this blog post last year, shortly after his death.
Last week, we had a great time filming Ontario Power Authority and Toronto Hydro’s participation in the Clean Air Commute for an upcoming episode for our television series on green transportation. These companies have done great work for the environment and we are proud to share their inspiring stories.
Clean Air Commute is an annual week-long event in which individuals take environmentally friendly modes of transportation to work. Many workplaces participated.
Together with local utilities, the OPA helps Ontarians better manage their energy use through its saveONenergy conservation programs – designed to help home owners and businesses across the province save energy, reduce their electricity costs, and reduce green house gases. There are many initiatives offered, from removing old in-efficient appliances through the FRIDGE AND FREEZER PICK-UP to upgrading lighting systems through the SMALL BUSINESS LIGHTING incentive.
This year, 188 OPA staff members participated in the Clean Air Commute, contributing to 6.56 tonnes of avoided pollutants and travelling a total distance of 34, 467.79 km!
Here’s a fun picture of some OPA staff hamming it up for the camera during our shoot!
Toronto Hydro delivers efficient, environmentally responsible electricity to many businesses and residences in the city. One of its many green initiatives is an electric vehicle pilot program that facilitates charging options for participants.
192 Toronto Hydro staff participated in the Clean Air Commute this year!
Check out this fun picture of Toronto Hydro staff posing in one of the company’s cool green cars. Toronto Hydro has 10 hybrid vehicles and one electric car in its fleet of 153 introduced in 2011.
As you will see when our film airs, Ontario Power Authority and Toronto Hydro demonstrate the teamwork and the community building that happens when people go green. We are very happy to have documented the Clean Air Commute with these environmentally responsible companies. Can’t wait to air this episode in 2013, so they can inspire you!
Speaking of inspiring stories, congratulations to Clean Air Partnership for winning our Clean Air Commute Twitter contest last week with this Tweet!:
CAP Tweeted us its amazing blog post about its staff member’s journey from Mississauga to Hamilton, chronicling the need for good cycling access and safety. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in nature, cycling or good old fashioned road trip story. We will send him a GreenHeroes t-shirt made from 100% recycled fabric.
Stay tuned to our blog for more stories about our filming adventures and our inspiring subjects!
Rob Stewart‘s goal is to “morally bind you to making better decisions for the future.”
The shark protector and GreenHero recently spoke at the Royal Ontario Museum on World Oceans Day to promote his message of conservation: each of us has the power to enact change. The key is to become aware of our impact, know how we can change things and then make informed decisions.
Rob said that most people wouldn’t consume shark or do other environmentally dangerous activities if they knew that such practices seriously threaten the fish, corral and other things underwater that we depend on.
The shark finning industry has made it difficult to avoid shark fin soup. One shark food item’s dishonest title can be translated to “fish wing soup” — people don’t even necessarily that it contains shark in it and so can’t avoid it without being aware.
Shark fin has been banned in cities and other places all around the world. The various campaigns to ban shark fin prove that, by speaking out, citizens can help the earth. Rob showed a very moving film about a class of grade six students in Saipan who, inspired by Sharkwater, wrote to their Governor to ban shark finning, a key in prompting the second shark fin ban in the world.
But Rob’s work involves much more than raising awareness about the importance of sharks. At the talk he promoted his upcoming documentary Revolution, a story about “the evolution of life on earth and the Revolution to save it.”
The message of the film, slated for a fall 2012 release at the Toronto International Film Festival, is that we must balance ocean ecosystems if we want to protect what we need for survival. Rob provide a page of sustainable fish for human consumption at the event.
Rob showed clips of Revolution at the event. The footage is stunning. Check out his photographs of the making of Revolution from the Facebook Page for the film.
Watch Rob’s talk online.
Learn more about what you can do to help our world’s ecosystems by checking out Rob’s non-profit organization United Conservationists.