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It’s becoming more and more evident that our food and the way we eat directly effects the environment. Green Heroes Vandana Shiva and Leilani Munter have both contributed to the cause, creating different campaigns to encourage others to eat green and support sustainable eating habits. With Meatless March trending all over the social sphere, we wanted to give you some great tips on trying out the month-long project or even committing to Meatless Mondays. Meatless March sets the goal of taking on a local, vegetarian diet for the full month. Not only is this an experiment to try and eat like a vegetarian, this is also a means of helping our environment. Did you know that the United Nations found that 40% more greenhouse gas emissions come from industrial livestock than from all of the world’s cars, planes, ships, and trains combined? So we challenge you to participate in Meatless March for one day, one week, or even the whole month!

Here are some great tips and guidelines on becoming a vegetarian, and why it’s so important, from our friends at WWF Canada: http://community.wwf.ca/ActionDetail.cfm?ActionId=60

And here are some yummy recipe ideas from our pals at Green Living to make the vegetarian diet a little bit more “flavorful”: http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/hearty-and-vegetarian-comfort-food

As our Green Hero Vandana says, “The funny thing is you can eat your way to conservation”.

Happy eating!

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In Season 1 of Green Heroes™ TV, we brought you some of the most influential and remarkable individuals like Rob Stewart. Now we have a delicious treat coming your way in April when we launch our Second Season of Green Heroes™ TV, with an episode featuring renowned Chef Jamie Kennedy!

While shooting our episode with Jamie, we encountered the beautiful Ravine Vineyard located in St. Davids in the Niagara region. In addition to the stunning landscape and wonderful scenery, their website also boasts that “in a gesture of respect for the land and the family (who owned the property), and to keep it free from imminent urban development, we built the Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery”. Now that’s something we can get on board with!

Be sure to check out their upcoming First Annual Vintage Vault Tasting, with house made charcuterie while spinning vintage vinyl records (how cool!) http://ravinevineyard.com/?p=1890 And stay tuned for Jamie’s upcoming episode on TVO!

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The man, the bird-lover, the innovator; Bill Lishman has got a full deck of cards. Whether creating public art, pioneering ultra-light flight in Canada, or serving as the first human to lead birds in formation, it seems that this GreenHero is always on the go with an exciting new project.

Bill thoughtfully answered a few questions posed by our GreenHeroes team from his home on the hill in Blackstock, Ontario, reinforcing the idea that it’s never too late to let your ideas take flight.

GreenHeroes: What is the importance of innovative ideas? What do you say to naysayers who doubt that your ideas can truly take flight?

Bill Lishman: Innovative ideas are the beginnings to solving problems large and small. Humanity is only at the beginning of learning how to live on the planet without destroying it. We are at a critical point in history where it will take major innovation in human lifestyles to save ourselves from destroying ourselves. Like the fifties’ cartoon character Pogo said, “I have seen the enemy, and it is us”.

It depends on the naysayer. I usually say nothing, but note the nature of the criticism. If it strikes a chord, I may change direction. Some just give me impetus to prove them wrong.

GreenHeroes: If you could be Minister of the Environment, what would you do differently?

Bill Lishman: I really don’t know what the Minister of the Environment is doing, but when I see the creativity that has gone into weapons of war, I wish that that creativity could be redirected into earth-friendly technology in everything from agriculture to architecture.

GreenHeroes: What are your favourite books and movies? Also, what memories do you have from the set of Fly Away Home?

Bill Lishman: I really enjoyed Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road and writings by Alistair MacCleod. As for movies, my tastes are eclectic. I am a fan of films directed by Clint Eastwood. Most films follow set formulae, so I like films that break from the formula.

I really enjoyed being part of making Fly Away Home. I liked the energy and I really enjoyed working with the director Carrol Ballard. It was truly enlightening to gain gems of wisdom from the producer, the late John Veitch, who had produced over 500 Hollywood films. Aside from that, I had the joy of flying with geese almost daily and even got paid for it.

GreenHeroes: Why should people care about bird migration, if it’s something they don’t really know about?

Bill Lishman: 80% of all species on the planet migrate in one way or another, but it is not just caring about bird migration. People should care about all living things, for as I see it, our health, the health of the human race, and the health of the planet is dependent on a critically interconnected web of life, and the more we understand how it works, the more respect we will gain and the better it will be for all.

GreenHeroes: Do you have any words of advice for those who have bright ideas but don’t know what steps to take to accomplish them?

Bill Lishman: The only value of a bright idea is what you do with it. If you are passionate about the value of the idea, then the next thing of importance is persistence in developing the idea. The old adage about invention being 95% sweat unfortunately is true.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, let your ideas take flight: Share your story of innovation and bright ideas sparking change 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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