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Planet in Focus, Canada’s largest environmental film festival opens Thursday, November 21 featuring an  array of films and events that includes our own Green Heroes: Back to Nature TV show and its new companion mobile app.

The Festival kicks off with an opening night celebration with Canadian eco-hero tribute to Inuit director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and the premiere of John Walker’s latest documentary, Arctic Defenders.

The festival has something for everyone. School field trips to see Rob Stewart’s ‘Revolution’ and TVO’s ‘The Water Brothers’, an industry day, pitching and award competitions, and this year’s international eco-hero winner, Col. Chris Hadfield’s appearance on closing night, Sunday November 24.

Green Heroes is proud to have Back to Nature screen as part of Green Family day on Saturday morning at the AGO. The documentary explores the issue of Nature Deficit disorder with commentary from twelve year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Shaun Majumder, Edward Burtynsky, Andrew Nikiforuk, Robert Bateman, Olivia Chow and more.

This free 9 a.m screening, at the AGO, is follwed by a Q & A with Ta’Kaiya and a demonstration of our new Green Heroes Academy app. Afterwards families can try out actions in the Back to Nature mission aimed at getting kids and their parents to re-connect with the great outdoors.


Green Heroes would like to offer a free screening pass to the Planet in Focus film festival to the first person who posts a picture action from the ‘Back to Nature’ mission in the  Green Heroes Academy app. Users will have to join the Green Heroes Academy Facebook page to have their picture post on Facebook.

1) Play or Download the Green Heroes Academy on your mobile device @ www.academy.greenheroes.tv

2) Join the ‘Green Heroes Academy‘ Group on Facebook

3) Select the Back to Nature mission in the app and do any of the photo missions!

4) Post to Facebook or tweet about it with #greenheroestv

Earth Rangers
27Oct
2010

Dr. Goodall isn’t the only one with faith in the power of children. We’ve been spotting Earth Rangers, a Canadian non-profit organization that engages youth in wildlife protection, all around Toronto, promoting conservation and education to kids.

In fact, we caught them at the Planet in Focus press conference with live wildlife in hand (rescued or injured), which they use to educate kids and instill a love of and fascination with animals from a very young age.

They share a vision with Jane Goodall: no person is too young to care or to act, and so their work begins with raising youth awareness to the perils of wildlife, especially right here at home.

Even we were shocked by their stats: 25% of mammals, 31% of reptiles and 33% of amphibians are under threat of extinction, many owing to loss of habitat.

Even more shocking still is that 60% of the world’s ecosystems have already been degraded, 50% of the world’s forests have disappeared, 67% of critical wetlands no longer exist, and in Canada there are over 400 species at risk.

So how is Earth Rangers sparking action in youth? In an exciting collaboration with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Earth Rangers has launched their Bring Back the Wild (BBTW) campaign, a project that puts power for positive change into the hands of youth, who they hope will move forward on conservation efforts.

We appreciate BBTW’s approach to fundraising, which entrusts youth with the tools to act by fundraising to save wild animals and protect their habitats from destruction.

The money raised is used to restore habitats and to pay for youth education programs, as well as to provide children with an understanding of the crisis facing wildlife and the need to act and stop it.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, youth can sprout change: Share stories of young people you know creating positive 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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Calling all environmental film lovers! Starting tonight, Wednesday, October 13th, until Sunday, October 17th, Planet in Focus International Film Festival will be launching the 2010 edition of its festival, with over 100 amazing films from across the planet.

At the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Director Ron Mann will be showcasing his world-traversing documentary following Canadian Author Margaret Atwood as she travels the globe with her new novel, The Year of the Flood.

Rather than hosting a traditional book tour, Atwood spins the tour on its head, executing a theatrical version of her novel in cities from Edinburgh to London, New York City to Vancouver.

The proceeds of her tour are given to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and other environmental groups. The documentary shines a light on the writing and efforts of Margaret Atwood, and demonstrates hope of bringing the world together for change.

We’re jumping to see Margaret Atwood, who will be present to accept the Planet in Focus Canadian Eco Hero Award along with fellow novelist Graeme Gibson.

For more information, visit Sphinx Productions. To purchase tickets to the film, which is showing on Wednesday, October 13th, at 7:00 PM in Toronto, visit the Planet in Focus site.

Stick around for Friday, October 15th, when the film short GreenHeroes: Sarah Harmer makes it international debut!

You can catch a sneak peak of Sarah Harmer’s webisode here, but you’ll need to join us at Planet in Focus for an airing of the never-before-seen short, which profiles Sarah Harmer’s fight to protect her hometown backyard, parts of the Niagara Escarpment and Mount Nemo in Burlington where she grew up.

A GreenHero she is – the film explores her journey from singer to activist and conservationist, as she co-founds Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL) and tours the country with her music.

The film is one of a series co-produced by our own GreenHeroes, Joan Prowse and John Bessai, also co-founders of CineFocus Canada. Executive Producer and Creative Director of the GreenHeroes Campaign John Bessai said:

“I am very excited that Planet in Focus is part of the GreenHeroes Campaign. The work of PERL is fantastic and we are so happy to be sharing the story of how Sarah Harmer has raised awareness about the ecosystem of her own back yard. We hope that other GreenHeroes will come forward and take part in the GreenHeroes Campaign at www.GreenHeroes.tv and participate in the nominate GreenHero contest and win a chance to be profiled on TVO.”

If you don’t get a chance to attend the film festival on October 15th, you can catch the GreenHeroes TV series, including GreenHeroes: Sarah Harmer, starting on November 2, 2010, on TVO.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, you can make a difference in your backyard. What actions are you taking to make a difference in your community? How are you acting locally to affect global change? Do you know someone who is a change agent in your community? Share your story here for your chance to win a prize in our contest

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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It’s the most conscious film festival on the planet, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!

On September 22, 2010, the GreenHeroes team made a bright appearance at the Planet in Focus International Film Festival press conference at the Royal Ontario Museum, to debut our shiny new GreenHeroes duo and present our 2010 festival entry, GreenHeroes: Sarah Harmer.

The Planet in Focus Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind gathering of film-lovers and environment-lovers, featuring over 100 environmental films from 32 countries.

Planet in Focus also supports youth environmental filmmakers in their Green Sprouts! Showcase at the Bata Shoe Museum, and continues to work towards reducing film productions’ environmental footprints through workshops like the Free Green Screen Toronto Workshops.

At the press conference, we got to speak with Director of Programming, Kathleen Mullen, who unveiled this year’s line-up and tells us some of the films she’s most looking forward to. She explains:

“Our filmmakers prove that important environmental stories are everywhere, and we have worked hard to make available the most engaging stories from all over the planet.”

So what flicks are we stoked to see?

In the Wake of the Flood – Opening night is bound to be huge, with the overwhelming famed Canadian author, Margaret Atwood on hand to present a film based on her new book, The Year of the Flood. The film, created by Ron Mann, features Margaret Atwood traveling the world with her book, and brings attention to the plight of birds. (More details to come tomorrow!)

Climate of Change – Director Brian Hill’s Climate of Change will be showcased on closing night, a documentary profiling the agents behind the movement to combat climate change. From India to Appalachia, the film will leave you inspired to make change. The film is narrated by British poet Simon Armitage and voiced by Oscar winning Actress Tilda Swinton.

Water on the Table – Another amazing documentary, Director Liz Marshall follows Maude Barlow National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, as she journeys to have water declared as a human right by the United Nations.

So why should you go out to Planet in Focus this year?

“As with all environmental films, what happens after you watch them is as important as what takes place on-screen: these films help us imagine more possibilities, and promote a deeper understanding of our world, inspiring us to think more about how we live.”

– Sarah Margolius, Executive Director of Planet in Focus

For more information on the film festival and show times, visit their website at www.planetinfocus.org?

GreenHeroes: Sarah Harmer will be playing on Friday October 15 at 7:15 PM at Toronto’s Al Green Theater so come out and see our GreenHeroes live in action and say hi! And for ideas on how you can follow in Sarah’s footsteps and act in your backyard, visit our In My Backyard campaign page!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, you can make a difference in your backyard. What actions are you taking to make a difference in your community? How are you acting locally to affect global change? Do you know someone who is a change agent in your community? Share your story here for your chance to win a prize in our contest

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!

Watch and learn about our celebrity GreenHeroes

Read our blog to keep up-to-date on GreenHeroes Campaigns

Sign up for our newsletter

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