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Mark Mattson has used his background in criminal law to successfully run Lake Ontario Waterkeepers beginning in 2001. Their goal is to promote “Swim-able, Drinkable and Fishable Water”. Since then, he has gained a reputation as a dedicated environmental warrior who aims to bring meaning and force to environmental laws everywhere.

By making use of his legal skills and background, Mark has brought much needed attention to Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, has represented the public in both a Provincial and Federal capacity and appeared on behalf of clients before the International Water Tribunal in Amsterdam. Mark is also the proud founder of the volunteer-based Environmental Bureau of Investigation, dedicated to identifying and prosecuting environmental offenders.

He is a great example of how any skill set, coupled with the right amount of passion and dedication, can be used to help the environment and make a real difference. Mark works in conjunction with others who use their skills to raise environmental awareness and provoke action. He has worked with some of our own GreenHero eco-artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer and Gord Downie. Mark has also worked with hit-maker Broken Social Scene along with many more well-known names through Waterkeeper’s Swim, Drink, Fish Music project.

The Oceanic Preservation Society

Founded in 2005 by marine enthusiast Louie Psihoyos, The Colorado based Oceanic Preservation Society’s sole mission is to motivate people to help protect and sustain our oceans. Like GreeenHeroes, OPS uses film, images and media as a medium from which to motivate people into eco-action. OPS is the creator of Ric O’Barry‘s Oscar winning documentary The Cove. This film has won more than 70 awards worldwide and inspired many people to act to protect the earth’s oceans and its inhabitants, especially dolphins.

OPS is currently working on a new documentary entitled Signing Planet which focuses on the mass extinction of oceanic species. This alarming trend is coupled with raising levels of toxins in the see and wide-spread destruction of coral reefs. Reefs are large indicators for the overall health of a body of water and if they begin to disappear, the consequences could be far-reaching. Through this film, OPS is aiming to once agin spread the word about the danger our oceans face.

You can do your part, even in your everyday chores. Fishonline,org is a great tool for determining how to shop and consume fish and seafood in a responsible, sustainable manner. Brought to you by The Marine Conservation Society, this group works toward the same goals of preserving our oceanic resources. They make it easy for you to help, so make this your first step!

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