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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

20 YOUNG MEN & WOMEN WHO ARE SAVING THE PLANET

Ed. Emily Hunter. San Francisco: Conari Press. 2011.

REVIEWED BY: ALICE VAN WART

If we need proof that young people are neither apathetic nor in what is going on around the world, here we have it.

If anything, judging from the voices in this collection, young people around the world are passionately committed to counteracting the problems created by the powerful few who have squandered and destroyed much of the earth’s bounty.

Their voices need to be heard since their very commitment might just save the planet.

In The Next Eco-Warriors, Emily Hunter, daughter of Greenpeace founder Robert Hunter, has collected the stories of twenty-two people that redefine the meaning of activism.

Hunter’s purpose is a plea for a global movement that puts the value of the planet before the value of profit and progress.

Ranging in age from their early twenties to their thirties and geographically spanning the globe from North America to China, their stories are as diverse as their characters.

Hunter calls them the new global ‘Eco-warriors’, a term coined by her father.

The stories of these Eco-warriors prove beyond doubt that it is not just those with power who can effect change. As their stories show anyone who cares can be an Eco-warrior; it is a matter of passion and commitment.

To help make the world a better place to live, they tackle problems of climate change, energy use, overfishing, the disappearance of indigenous cultures, animal species, and various ecosystems.

Enei Begaye, a Dine activist uses protest to stop the coal mining that is destroying the land and culture of her her people in the south western United States.

Kevin Ochien, a young Kenyan, leads a peaceful climate movement not just in Kenya but across Africa. Win

Bo, a Chinese activist, started the first Greenpeace in mainland China, while African American Tanya Fields uses urban farming as a way of fighting poverty in her community of the Bronx in New York City.

Their tactics are as different as their goals; ranging from individual protest and group demonstration, to more radical actions of confrontation and subterfuge, as well as artistic expression to draw attention to the problems they see.

Australian Andy Riley first conceives his idea of Earth Hour in Sydney. Now it takes place around the globe.

The American Jamie Henn founds the movement 350.org to help lower carbon emissions.

Rob Stewart makes a documentary to reveal the brutality behind the shark fishing that supplies fins for shark fin soup, while Jo-Anne McArthur uses photography to reveal the cruelty animals often suffer in the name of fashion, fad, and sport.

Each story in this collection offers another example of the various ways we can all help save the planet.

As Hunter says in her introduction, “the world of revolution is open to everyone who wants to make a substantial difference.” As a collection, this book offers hope and inspiration to us all.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, plugging into green matters! Share your story of how you are working to reduce carbon emissions, by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Credit : Justine Warrington

By John Bessai

Sometimes you remember details about an experience long afterwards once something jars your memory.

I met Emily Hunter I thought for the first time when she gave a speech to some high school students in September 2010. Below is a video of the event:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZpWFCjQlPE[/youtube]

But after she gave her speech that day I realized that I had actually met Emily over 15 years ago one sunny afternoon in the suburbs of Toronto.

I was working on a video acknowledging the 25th anniversary of GreenPeace and was over at her Father’s house with a camera crew.

I had just read Robert Hunter’s Warriors of the Rainbow which had completely inspired me.  This book told the incredible story of the founding of GreenPeace in the 1970’s.  And, in stunning fashion how a bunch of 20 something adventurers (like Emily today) had confronted a Soviet whaling fleet on the Pacific high seas and brought world wide attention the senseless slaughter of these super intelligent mammals who were by then endangered.

This actually led to an international moratorium which largely ended the hunt.

The interview with Robert 20 years later remains one of my most treasured memories, but also to my amazement that day I met another mammal, the Hunter family turtle who was the size of a large beaver and who wad swimming in the back yard pool! Emily rushed in just home from school to ask her Dad if she could go swimming too.

Lucky for her, I thought.  Such a cool dad and even a  cool turtle to swim with!  I am glad Emily has continued on with the work of her parents, keeping us inspired to stay conscious about ecological imperatives.  Her call to action makes me think there is hope that in future millions more turtles will be still swimming!

– John Bessai, Creative Director & Executive Producer, GreenHeroes Campaign

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

By Emily Hunter

People tell me the “green fad” is dead. It’s no longer the hot news story in the media, after the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. For some, it might seem that our revolution was short lived.

My generation’s eco-battle began with Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth that awakened us all to our own self-made thermageddon and ended at the UN summit that sealed a suicidal century with politicizing the climate.

Well, they’re wrong. The movement may be struggling to get airtime, but it’s not dead. Every day I hear of stories of heroism, victories and the continued struggles of individuals around the world who are sparking meaningful change for this planet, its inhabitants and us.

Just last week, Sea Shepherd, an organization I fought on the frontlines with to help save whales in the Antarctic ocean realized its decade-old dream – they shut down Japan’s whaling fleet.

After years of battle, what has been dubbed the “Whale War,” the Japanese whaling fleet ending their whaling season early after clashes with the Sea Shepherd activists. They may have killed an estimated 80 -100 whales this season, but the whalers were far from their goal of a thousand that usually include endangered species.

Nearly a year after the Copenhagen debacle, 350.org organized the most widespread day of action across the globe. As world leaders fell asleep at the helm, more than 7,000 rallies were held in 188 countries on Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10).

People from all walks of life got to work on climate change by installing solar panels, weatherizing homes and planting trees. In Bangladesh, citizens demonstrated knee deep in the flood-waters that are affecting hundreds of thousands of people. In South Africa, a local business installed solar panels on the roof of an orphanage.

In the United States, there were over 2,000 rallies with events in all 50 states. As for Canada, there was an event in every province and territory, from the northern reaches of the Arctic to isolated islands.

If that’s not impressive enough for you, try this number on for size: 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people that participated in the last Earth Hour. Imagine: that’s over one-sixth the earth’s population that is a part of this movement.

This year’s Earth Hour is expected to have even more join in the revolution on March 26th.

So I will repeat again, the movement is not dead. We’re just getting started!

– Emily Hunter, Eco-Warrior


Join the Revolution: Emily’s new book “The Next Eco-Warriors,” tells these stories and more on today’s growing environmental movement.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!


My entry into the history of the environmental movement came at a key time in its evolution. The Don’t Make a Wave Committee of Vancouver B.C., had sailed a ship “The Greenpeace” to Amchitka Island near a fault line on the Aleutian Chain in an attempt to stop nuclear testing.

This brave act resonated globally with incredible success.

I was there with the fledgling group to open their first office on Fourth Avenue in Vancouver.

I met; fell in love with and soon married Bob Hunter, the first President and Father of the current day Greenpeace International.

I became the Treasurer of Greenpeace and the first woman to place my body in front of a harpoon to save a whale.

There were many acts of heroism stemming from our small group, one act that still resonates is the image of Bob and Paul Watson (now founder and Captain of Sea Shepherd) standing in front of icebreakers to save the Seals.

At that time, in the early 70s, we were a small band of eager idealists and intellectuals, yet we spun images, of heroism that have effected all the forthcoming generations of environmental crusaders.

Robert, Emily, & Bobbi Hunter

Robert, Emily, & Bobbi Hunter

We used non-violent means to create what Bob called “mind bombs” in the media that changed environmental consciousness of the western hemisphere.

Now, today, I look at the diversity of people and groups of activists, and I am proud that my daughter has this same spirit raging in her soul. I am proud of her brave actions. We don’t have Bob to turn to any longer, but, his passion carries on.

Bob always wondered if he had made a difference. I know he has, because of his inspirational actions and books he has helped mould many of the Eco-Heroes of today, whether they know it or not.

Today I am involved in many legacy projects such as advising on a documentary, a park and a biography, helping to continue to spread our message.

While there is more knowledge and resources available today, there are more battles and more urgency than ever. For the Planet, never give up!

– Bobbi Hunter, Eco-Activist

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Late July

Nicole Simone a.k.a. Late July is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Born in Toronto, Ontario she spent her early years state side in Del Mar, California.

She is a three-time graduate of Seneca College and York University in both arts, music and sociology respectively.

In 2010 Late July released her debut EP entitled “Side Swept” produced by Adrian Ellis. Stay tuned for the release of her next EP “Hospital Quiet” in the spring.

When she is not making music, she writes Miss Late July her blog chronicling her on-going adventures, hangs out with her dog, enjoys social media and runs Unchain Ontario’s Dogs.

Nicole won the Mediazoic GreenHeroes.tv Musician’s Prize at November’s MusicConnectTO event.

Check out the video below of her song “Literary Kings” which was featured in Emily Hunter’s webisode.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko5ulIZZ1lc[/youtube]

Here are two more songs:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXUrGJmB2kM[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYDjNc6FIWs[/youtube]

Follow Nicole’s tweets on Twitter and become a fan of Late July on Facebook:


Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Following in her father’s footsteps, as a journalist, Emily has become a powerful voice within eco thought today and has taken every opportunity to engage with mainstream media to bring important concerns to a wide and diverse audience.

Her credits include but are not limited to: writing for This Magazine and Eye Weekly, as well as broadcasting work with CTV Canada AM, CTV News, City TV and CP24.

Her largest project is being an eco-correspondent for MTV Canada.

Her two largest investigations to date have been into the Alberta Tar Sands and to Mexico, to expose the devastating effects of climate change Mexican people are living with right now.

Below, take a look at the first part of her extensive investigation into the Tar Sands:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eZ6i2cUA24[/youtube]

Here, see Emily’s trip to Mexico in-full in “Impact: Mexican Standoff

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by enteringour contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Next Gen Heroes
14Feb
2011
Emily Hunter is the daughter of late Greenpeace co-founder Robert Hunter and fellow activist Bobbi Hunter.

Soon after graduating from high school, Emily became an activist herself when she witnessed appalling environmental and humanitarian conditions on a trip to China.

This young GreenHero is well-informed on a wide range of issues from pollution to endangered habitats and species protection.

She has participated in anti-whaling campaigns, oil-spill cleanups and projects opposing Alberta’s tar sands, the latter of which she calls: “our biggest environment crime on the planet – our scar on the world”.

With her impressive list of credentials, Emily strives to make people aware of the consequences of consumption and everyday actions through television and videos, print media and web-based publications.

Her latest project is a book entitled The Next Eco-Warriors, which tells the stories of this new generation of GreenHeroes.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by enteringour contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Happy New Year!
02Jan
2011

We at GreenHeroes are looking forward to the year ahead with more webisodes and take action campaigns to get you involved.

Between now and mid-June we will be introducing you to more GreenHeroes who acted on their ideas to bring about environmental change.

We start the year off with webisodes that show how corporate responsibility and green initiatives cango hand in hand.

January 3 – Willa Black – Willa is a Cisco executive and inspiration behind the successful One Million Acts of Green that in 105 days had Canadians reach the goal of 1 million Green Acts to help the planet.

January 17 – Ray Anderson – Crowned America’s Greenest CEO, Ray turned his carpet manufacturing company into an example of sustainability that also turns a sizeable profit.

January 31st – Shane Price – is Founder of Green Circle Salons an initiative that recycles and reuses waste from hair dressing salons.

Other heroes to watch for in the coming year

Ian Clifford (creator of the Zenn Electric Car)

Emily Hunter (MTV eco-journalist and daughter of Greenpeace’s co-founders, Robert and Bobbie Hunter)

Ric O’Barry (star of the Academy Award winning documentary – The Cove)

Also featured are profiles of Green Giant, David Suzuki, Musician Bruce Cockburn, Owl Magazine Founder, Annabel Slaight, Clayoquot Sound hero Tzeporah Berman, and Bullfrog Power founder,Tom Heintzman

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, healthy communities matter. Share your story of how you are affecting the health of your neighbours and your local environment, by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

By Joan Prowse

Director/Producer of GreenHeroes

We’ve had a thrilling run on TVO and we can’t believe we’re already on our last episode of our very first season of GreenHeroes!

This week’s show, “Groundbreakers” shines a spotlight on the visionary efforts of GreenHeroes that have literally changed the face of environmentalism as we know it.

Leading the pack is this week’s featured GreenHero, the inspiring Dr. Vandana Shiva, world renowned for her efforts to bring change to agriculture and food production.

Based in Delhi, Vandana is making an effort to move people away from growing and eating genetically modified plants. Her work has advocated a major shift in the agricultural system and given her a huge fan base around the world.

She’s planted the seed in us to entirely transform the way we think about our food systems. You can plant the seed in others too.

Joining her are other visionary heroes, including the unstoppable mother-daughter duo Emily and Bobbi Hunter.

As the daughter of Greenpeace co-founder Bob Hunter, Emily has carried the torch on eco-activism, making a stand for marine life and the environment. Guided by her activist mother Bobbi, who stood with her husband on Greenpeace’s early whaling missions, Emily is carving out a new activist strategy for a changing world.

Ray Anderson is perhaps most inspiring of all, for breaking new ground in an industry often synonymous with pollution.

As head of a carpet manufacturing company, Ray wanted to build the biggest carpet business the world had ever seen.

But after reading Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, Anderson’s motive shifted to creating a completely sustainable business.

His company, Interface Inc., is a leader in sustainable manufacturing and as he tells us, the cost savings from recycling and reducing wasteful practices has been good for his business’ bottom line too.

Tune in tonight and in the weeks to come for other GreenHeroes venturing forth to Save the Planet One Story at a Time.

If you can’t tune in tonight, Groundbreakers will also be playing this Saturday at 4 pm (EST) on TVO!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, you can plant the first seed: Share your story of how you’re planting seeds for change in your community, by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

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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