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It is Spring and the world is waking up. Take a walk and listen to the birds sing in the trees and witness the radiant flowers as they come into bloom. These are all hopeful signs amidst the waiting and worry that comes with an unprecedented worldwide pandemic that has stopped the usual hustle and bustle in its tracks.

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow we wanted to release this music video. Back in 1970, an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara created a worldwide environment movement that continues today. The question we ask is WHY have we not progressed with the environmental cause as quickly as the women’s and civil rights movement which began at the same time? 

This call to action song is written and performed by Green Heroes’ composer, Chris Birkett. The video was directed, shot and edited by Joan Prowse, co-creator of the TV series Green Heroes. Appearing in the video is Tristan Avakian on Electric Ud, Natalie Wong on Violin, Jeremy Edwardes on Harmonica and Shari Tallon on keys. For the song itself all instruments were played by Chris Birkett except for the Harmonica. Video was shot on location in Montreal and the Gatineau Mountains in Quebec and in downtown Toronto. 

As an anniversary gift to Mother Earth, let’s do what we can to catch the wave of people who are waking up during this global lockdown with thoughts and ideas about changing the way we live to put people and the planet first.

Please share widely and remember there’s never a better time to “wake up and know the truth, this world was made for all”. 

Green Heroes’ composer latest video release carries an important message for all

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: https://www.greenheroes.tv/

Also play along with our Green Heroes™ Academy App, a fun way to help save the planet


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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.