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Last month’s contest featured a BionX bicycle upgrade – awarding the winner, Justin Arjune, with a free e-bike installation. Justin’s post to the Academy with his favourite way to travel using a Bixi bike for downtown trips netted the most likes and comments onto the Green Heroes Academy Facebook page.

Here’s what Justin had to say upon winning the contest: This is incredible! The first time I ever tested an e-bike I knew I was riding the future, I can’t believe I can have one of these systems on my bike! Thanks Green Heroes!

BionX Contest Winner

BionX Contest Winner

Thank you to BionX for offering this amazing prize!

Spectacular sunsets, walks along the beach and muddy hikes through the woods; these are moments in our lives that open our eyes to the wonderful feelings when being surrounded by nature.

This month, the Green Heroes Campaign focuses on Artist Robert Bateman, one of the world’s most celebrated wildlife artists and naturalist painters. Bateman’s work reflects his commitment and dedication to the preservation of the natural world. Since the early 1960s, he has been an active member of naturalist and conservation organizations. He has used his prints in fund-raising efforts to provide millions of dollars for worthy environmental causes. In 2007, he donated 11 million dollars of artwork towards the Robert Bateman Centre, creating a catalyst for environmental research and study.

Bateman’s efforts towards preserving our world’s ecology, biodiversity, vanishing habitats and endangered species, sends a strong message to his following: We need to challenge the public and society’s leaders to create a new dialogue about our relationship with nature. Bateman tells Green Heroes “We are losing that meaningful connections with nature. Today is all virtual, with people spending their time with video games and technology, we are rolling over an entire generation. I’m concerned about the future and I think it’s a pivotal time to make a change.”

The question remains: “What can I do to live a healthier, more nature-filled lifestyle?”

Take a hike! Your health will benefit as you reduce stress and increase body endurance and strength. While doing so, you can enter Conservation Ontario’s Healthy Hikes Contest, where tracking your hiking hours in conservation areas gets you points to win great prizes. Go take a hike and see the benefits for yourself!

Enter our very own Green Heroes’ recently EXTENDED Fall Contest on until October 31, where taking a photo of your daily commute and uploading it to the Green Heroes Academy can win you an electric bike kit from BionX International. Watch this video to find your how to enter!

September’s contest theme features a cool idea from our Green Heroes’ Moving Green TV show and an action from our Academy’s Transport mission to put more fun and pedal power in your daily commute. The prize is really cool too. A BionX e-bike kit complete with a long-range battery that fits most bicycle configuration and stays charged for up to 65 km. The lucky winner also gets a free install. Watch this video to find out how to enter!

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Win an e-bike kit from BionX, includes a free install

Now it’s your turn! Take a photo of your daily commute and upload it to the Green Heroes Academy, For those yet to sign on, the Academy is a mobile app full of missions and challenges inspired by the Green Heroes TV series. Each month we will highlight an action from the Academy and award a prize.

Contest closes September 30th. The photo with the most comments posted to our Green Heroes Academy Facebook page via our app wins the prize!

Happy green commuting and best of luck!

Congratulations to Liz Culotti whose photo earned her two tickets to this year’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic featuring great local food and a line-up of talented musicians led by Green Hero, Daniel Lanois.

When we told Liz about her prize she wrote: “I’m so excited to celebrate Ontario’s agriculture and hear amazing Canadian artists play music! Being a part of the Green Heroes community has taught me so much about what I can personally do to save the environment and I’m so thankful to be a part of it.”

Here is the winning photo that netted the most comments.

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Fresh City Farms founder, Ran Goel, sets up an urban garden on King St West in downtown Toronto

The act of meeting a local farmer and uploading his pic, is just one of many fun activities people can do to earn points and move up the ranks from recruit to green hero status inside the Green Heroes Academy. For those yet to sign up on Facebook, the Academy is a mobile app full of missions and challenges inspired by the Green Heroes TV series. Each month we will highlight an action from the Academy and award a prize.

September’s contest features an action from the Academy’s transport mission with the prize being a BionX e-bike Power series kit – to add more fun and zip to your daily commute as we head back to school and work.

Watch this video to find out how to enter – and let’s all of us go the extra mile to keep our planet green.

Green Heroes – September Contest from Joan Prowse on Vimeo.

 

 


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Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P: 416-484-2600 x 2305
E: agarde@tvo.org

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Justin Arjune
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TVO’s premiere of Green Heroes’ second season featured Daniel Lanois and other performers at the 2012 GreenBelt Harvest Picnic. Inspired by the annual gathering of great music and wholesome local food, CineFocus Canada and the Green Heroes team are running a contest this month and giving away a pair of tickets to this year’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on August 31, 2013 featuring Gordon Lightfoot, Emmy Lou Harris and many more amazing musicians.

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The contest doesn’t require any petitioning and we most certainly are not asking you to dress up in a fancy costume parading around the streets as an environmental super hero (although this is always welcome)….

Your mission (should you decide to take it):

(1)  Join the Green Heroes Academy Facebook page via the Intro Mission at academy.greenheroes.tv, and if you already have you’re half-way there!

(2)  Enter the Food Mission: Biting into Change”. Once inside the mission select  ‘The Locavore Pledge” challenge and scroll down to find action #4 and take the required picture. Posting with the hashtag #GreenHeroesContest.

(3)  With the picture automatically posted in the Green Heroes Academy page on Facebook, share your picture-post to gain the most likes and retweets by August 26 to win two tickets to the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on August 31st.

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Good luck to all you Green Hero recruits and we wish you well on your journey of greenspiration. This year’s picnic will feature musical acts such as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, the Arkells and many more; along with the great people that grow Ontario’s food. The Harvest Picnic is a perfect way to lead into the Harvest season.

Best of luck,

The Green Heroes Team

 


WHERE TO WATCH:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P: 416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

Social Media:
Justin Arjune
justin@greenheroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


Watch and learn about our celebrity Green Heroes

Join the Green Heroes™ Academy App to complete challenges and secret missions to become an honorary Green Hero too!

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The Green Heroes Campaign is about finding inspirational stories about people who are making a real difference in the environment – and with our web channel and app our story pool expands exponentially to include people suggested by you!

 

Mary Gorman1Mary Gorman won the “nominate a Green Heroes contest” back in 2011. Mary, who co-founded the Save our Seas and Shores coalition (with Elizabeth May), was crowd-sourced as one of six finalist and then crowned our grand prize winner for her efforts preserving marine life in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Her prize was to be profiled on our TV show and web channel. That fall Green Heroes went to her picturesque home in Nova Scotia to record her story.

As part of the trip, we met Farley Mowat at his summer home in Cape Breton. Farley shares a similar concern to Mary’s about the urgent need to protect the Gulf (whose waters touch five of Canada’s ten provinces and is home to over 2000 marine species.) We are honoured to have  him in this week’s episode, ‘Saving Oceans’.

‘Saving Oceans’ also features Cousteau granddaughters, Alexandra and Céline and retail giant and sustainable seafood pioneer, Paul Uys. With this top-notch roster of Green Heroes, we look at the future of Canadian oceans and fisheries, not only the marine life that lives in their waters, but all species (including humans) who rely on them for survival.

It’s not a doom and gloom scenario – rather it is an episode with a clear message of hope. Paul Uys, past VP at Loblaw’s story shows how community and business can take action to pioneer a program that gives consumer access to sustainable fish in Canadian supermarkets.

Céline and Alexandra Cousteau’s work as multiplatform filmmakers who travel the world to find stories that focus on the human connection to the hydrosphere emphasize how we must all co-operate in human society to achieve a livable future.

All the Green Heroes in this episode, as in the entire series, are committed to showing leadership in the complex struggle we face. We are proud to tell their stories and hope you are inspired to share them with your friends and get involved through our Academy app!

Green Heroes – Saving Oceans – airs Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 ET on TVO and repeats Sunday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET

WHERE TO WATCH:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

Social Media:
Nerese Richter
Nerese@GreenHeroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


Watch and learn about our celebrity Green Heroes

Join the Green Heroes™ Academy App to complete challenges and secret missions to become an honorary Green Hero too!

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© Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York

© Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York

The Canadian Museum of Nature will be featuring Green Hero Edward Burtynsky’s exhibition, Oil, from May 31 until September 2, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to see this spectacular exhibit, which will include over 50 of Edward’s large-scale colour photographs depicting humanity’s impact on the natural landscape. As a source of energy, oil has had an enormous impact on our modern world. The exhibit includes images of oil fields, refineries, vehicles, and motorways that show us a side of this energy source that we do not see when we heat our homes or drive our cars.

Edward’s unique photography was also showcased in a documentary film entitled Manufactured Landscapes and he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006.

You can learn more about Edward and his work on our “The Art of Change” episode airing Tuesday July 2nd at 7:30pm and Sunday July 7th at 8:30pm on TVO. Edward will be in good company on this episode, with fellow artist Robert Bateman, Manufactured Landscapes Director and Writer Jennifer Baichwal and artist David Buckland discussing the importance of representing nature through their artwork and how this can help change the planet.

During the episode, play along with our Green Heroes Academy app that will quiz you on our Heroes, watch cool videos, complete fun games and missions, and become a Green Hero too! You can watch videos about Edward Burtynsky and the other Art of Change Heroes, create your own activist artwork, and discover nature through the App.

Join the Academy for free at http://academy.greenheroes.tv


WHERE TO WATCH:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

Social Media:
Nerese Richter
Nerese@GreenHeroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


Watch and learn about our celebrity Green Heroes

Join the Green Heroes™ Academy App to complete challenges and secret missions to become an honorary Green Hero too!

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After celebrating National Aboriginal Day last week, we are pleased to announce that our Green Hero and member of the Poplar River First Nation Sophia Rabliauskas will be on our “Back to Nature” episode airing Tuesday, June 25th at rabliauskas7:30pm on TVO. This episode explores the relatively new phenomena “Nature Deficit Disorder”, a term that refers to the growing trend that children (and adults) are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a range of disorders. Sophia has been a leader in protecting the traditional territory of her people and she was even been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2007.

Sophia is also in good company during this episode with Canadian artist Robert Bateman, comedian Shaun Majumder, and 12-year-old Sliammon First Nation YouTube sensation Ta’Kaiya Blaney, discussing their impact on the environment and how they got back to nature to save our planet. You can also view Ta’Kaiya’s webisode online here to learn more about her inspiring story.

Joining the great list of Heroes on this episode is writer Graeme Gibson, author/journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, and artist Ed Burtynsky, discussing the importance of creating sustainable environments in nature. Ed will also be featured in our “The Art of Change” episode airing next week.

You can learn more about Sophia and all the other great Heroes on “Back to Nature”, airing Tuesday June 25th at 7:30pm, Thursday June 27th at 7pm, and Sunday June 30th at 8:30pm on TVO.

During the episode, play along with our Green Heroes Academy app that will quiz you on our Heroes, watch cool videos, complete fun games and missions, and become a Green Hero too!

Join the Academy for free at http://academy.greenheroes.tv


WHERE TO WATCH:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

Social Media:
Nerese Richter
Nerese@GreenHeroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


Watch and learn about our celebrity Green Heroes

Join the Green Heroes™ Academy App to complete challenges and secret missions to become an honorary Green Hero too!

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On Saturday, June 15th, Environmental Defence held a gathering of all that is green beauty and healthy living. From making your own facial scrubs, learning about innovative new products, and even getting a full makeover, the Just Beautiful Eco-Beauty Market event was truly a success for green heroes everywhere.

While at the market, customers were given the Environmental Defence Personal Care Products Pocket Shopping Guidepocket guidea great way to easily identify the Toxic Ten in your products with a pocket-sized card. The vendors also offered amazing samples of their products while also explaining a bit about the importance of their companies and living green.

Graydon Moffat, creator of GRAYDON – Clinical Luxury by Nature, told us a bit about her “green cream”, which contains oils from broccoli seeds, saying: “Broccoli is my Green Hero”. Graydon is innovator with a wonderful cream and even better product line that meets specifications or requirements of beauty products because all of the info is readily available on her website

Next up, we met Ella Nunes – creator of Ella’s Botanicals, as well as Evan Healy of the evanhealy brand of skin and body care products. There were so many wonderful companies abiding by the Just Beautiful Pledge, including YOGA-TTA, a cool yoga mat spray, The Basic Elements, a new local company with vegan and organic skincare products, and Good Roots, an Toronto-based social enterprise that doesn’t charge tax for feminine care products! The team from eaurganic were another group of innovators in attendance at the Market that include vegan-friendly and gluten-free products.

A detailed list of all the vendors is available on the Environmental Defence website:

http://environmentaldefence.ca/issues/just-beautiful/events

Tune into Green Heroes this week for our Fashion and Beauty episode Green is the New Black featuring Ecoholic author Adria Vasil, Green Beauty spa owner, Donna Bishop (who is also a cabinet member of Environmental Defence’s Just Beautiful campaign) and Fashion Takes Action’s Kelly Drennan

On June 11th, Green Heroes™ will kick off Season 2 with our full season line-up to come throughout the months of June and July, starting with “Biting into Change” at 7:30pm on TVO.

“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 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. This summer, the Greenbelt Harvest picnic will be featuring the one and only Neil Young and Crazy Horse – a sure-fire way to spread the word about supporting local while having a great time!

Screen shot 2013-05-24 at 4.00.46 PMDuring “Biting into Change”, you can play along with the Green Heroes™ Academy App to help save the world and become a Green Hero too by completing fun missions and actions relating to each of the upcoming episodes!

 

 


WHERE TO WATCH:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

Social Media:
Nerese Richter
Nerese@GreenHeroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


Watch and learn about our celebrity Green Heroes

Join the Green Heroes™ Academy App to complete challenges and secret missions to become an honorary Green Hero too!

Sign up for our newsletter

Follow us on Twitter

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