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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


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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

Become our fan on Facebook

With a successful TVO Earth Day broadcast on April 22 that previewed two episodes from our upcoming second season, you can also test drive the Green Heroes™ Academy App that features Missions from these preview episodes!

Then with the season launch on June 11, 2013, Green Heroes™ will unlock the full-version of our Green Heroes Academy App one mission at a time
with each new TV episode.

Through fun games, engaging quizzes, cool videos, and even crazy dares, all members of the GreenHeroes Academy will prove their heroic passion for protecting the Earth. Be sure to watch GreenHeroes TV on TVO and play along on the App as you learn about all of our inspirational GreenHeroes in Season Two.

Produced by CineFocus Canada in association with TVO, the 6 x 30 minute series tells remarkable stories of people who acted on their ideas and heroically “ventured forth” to protect our planet. From the celebrity to the everyday person, each story details the different paths and interests the Green Heroes have taken in their quests to help save the world.

The special Earth Day broadcast previewed back-to-back episodes of GreenHeroes, “Biting into Change” and “Green is the New Black, featuring Chef Jamie Kennedy, Daniel Lanois, Adria Vasil, and many more amazing Heroes who are saving the planet.

Be sure to download the new Green Heroes™ Academy App and give it a test drive! (http://academy.greenheroes.tv)

If you missed the Earth Day special, be sure to check the many repeat broadcast times of “Biting into Change” and “Green is the New Black”, Thursday April 25 at 7 p.m. and on both Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. on April 27 and 28th, or watch it online, on the TVO webiste: http://ww3.tvo.org/program/120110/greenheroes


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

Become our fan on Facebook

On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7pm and 7:30pm, Green Heroes™ will premiere the new, exciting, and enticing second season on TVO. Produced by CineFocus Canada in association with TVO, the 6 x 30 minute series tells remarkable stories of people who acted on their ideas and heroically “ventured forth” to protect our planet. From the celebrity to the everyday person, each story details the different paths and interests the Green Heroes have taken in their quests to help save the world. Season 2 launches with special back-to-back episodes, “Biting into Change” and “Green is the New Black”, featuring Chef Jamie Kennedy, Daniel Lanois, Adria Vasil, and many more amazing Heroes who are saving the planet.

Now you can help save the world and become a Green Hero too by downloading the new Green Heroes™ Academy App (http://academy.greenheroes.tv) with different missions and actions relating to each of the upcoming episodes.

At 7pm, “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 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.

Then at 7:30pm, “Green is the New Black” observes that, for the planet, fashion and beauty items costs more than the price tag and that is why these Green Heroes are making it hip to go green. Adria Vasil is known for her informative Ecoholic books and column in NOW Magazine, offering incites on how to better treat our homes and bodies. Another Hero helping to green the beauty industry is Donna Bishop, a former makeup artist/hair stylist who has been a been a beauty and fashion insider for over 10 years. She created Green Beauty, a curated online beauty boutique and full-service spa in Toronto on her mantra that there is no need to compromise quality and effectiveness of makeup and other beauty products in order to be conscientious. “Green is the New Black” fittingly features eco-fashionista Kelly Drennan, founder Fashion Takes Action, the one and only organization in Canada that is re-sizing fashion’s footprint from the inside out. Over the years, Kelly witnessed, first hand, the enormous impacts of fashion, from energy, waste, chemicals and human rights abuses. Instead of being part of the problem, she decided to be part of the solution and today her organization is transforming the clothes we wear to make them more affordable and sustainable.

Be sure to tune in on EARTH DAY, April 22nd, at 7pm for our 1 hour, back-to-back Season 2 premiere on TVO. Full episodes and webisodes of all the featured Green Heroes will also be available on the Green Heroes™ website: https://www.greenheroes.tv/

Also play along with our Green Heroes™ Academy App, a fun way to help save the planet
http://academy.greenheroes.tv

WHERE TO FIND TVO

On air:

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

Become our fan on Facebook

Winners of the inaugural GreenHeroes contest were announced at a
special awards ceremony at Toronto’s Green Living Show Sunday. These
seven category winners were introduced to the audience at the Direct Energy Centre:

Save our Seas and Shores’ Mary Gorman (In Our Backyard Hero)
Pedestrian Sundays’ Yvonne Bambrik (Simple Changes Matter Hero)
Eco-Laundry Room partner, Paul Bichler (Simple Changes Matter)
Carrot Greenroom’s Zora Ignajatovic (Groundbreaking Hero)
Planet Traveller’s Tom Rand (Energy Saving Hero)
Green Realtor, Chris Chopik (Energy Saving Hero)
Eco-Comedian, Josh Rachlis (Unique Hero)

Some of our category winners at our booth

The category winners were also finalists in a special juried competition
for the top prize – an appearance in their own TV episode of
GreenHeroes on TVO. The lucky winner of this Grand Prize was Mary Gorman!

Mary was inspired to take action to stop oil and gas development in
the Gulf of St. Lawrence after the Canada-Nova Scotia Petroleum
Board issued two leases for oil and gas development on both sides
of spectacularly beautiful Cape Breton Island where she lives. This
unstoppable hero’s story will be profiled in an episode of GreenHeroes
on TVO next season.

To find out more about the contest winners and to nominate yourself or someone you know in this year’s contest go to: http://www.GreenHeroes.tv/gallery

Who is a GreenHero? For John Bessai and Joan Prowse, creators
of the TV series and web channel GreenHeroes it is someone with a
good story to tell, someone who acted on an idea rather than waiting
for someone else to do it, and who applied “out of the box” thinking
to help solve an environmental problem. Despite adversity and critics
they are succeeding in their goal and are now sharing their experience
and insight with others. GreenHeroes is a selection of great stories about people turning apathy to action.

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

Tonight on TVO our first season of GreenHeroes is being rebroadcast starting at 7:30 p.m. This will be repeated Saturday at 4:30 p.m. We begin with episode one; Saving Species.

This stars Ric O’Barry star of the Academy Award Winning documentary The Cove. Ric started out as a dolphin trainer but when TV’s beloved Flipper committed suicide in his arms he dedicated his life to fighting against dolphin captivity and slaughter.

Also featuring Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous primatologist and one of its most famous conservationists. Back in 1960 in Tanzania, Jane discovered that chimpanzees fashioned tools to forage for food – forever blurring the line between animal and human. Up until that point anthropologists had defined man as ‘the toolmaker’. Dr. Goodall went on to fight for conservation of chimpanzee habitats and for the preservation of all endangered species. The Jane Goodall Institute promotes youth activism with its Roots and Shoots program.

William Lishman appears as well. William is the ultralight pioneer and inspiration for the Hollywood movie Fly Away Home. Bill had an epiphany whilst flying amongst a flock of geese, which led to a solution for migratory birds that he has now applied to endangered species, like the whooping crane.

Rob Stewart is the award-winning director of Sharkwater. This paradigm-shifting doc challenges the age-old image of sharks as villains and explains their importance to the planet and to our own survival.

Episode 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 follow subsequent Tuesdays and Sundays. Tune and and find out how these folks ventured forth in the name of the planet.

From The Airwaves
06Oct
2010

Enviro Girl airs weekly on Sundays at 10:30 AM on TVO.

If kids are the future, then isn’t it time we start educating them on making smart choices for a healthy planet?

TVO is a great place for safe, educational and entertaining programming for children up to 12 years old, and home to one of our favourite popular, longstanding kids shows: The Incredible Adventures of Enviro Girl.

It’s a bright and shiny weekly lesson on living green, an enthusiastic delivery of environmental tips, as well as basic lessons and tools to change the way kids and their parents live and care for the environment.

This caped crusader looks a lot like our own GreenHeroes (though her cape and tights are pink!), and boasts the same message as our green duo – small actions add up to big change.

She might seem like a kids-only deal, but Enviro Girl covers topics that we at GreenHeroes take seriously too. Past episodes have included “The Three R’s”, “Drink Tap Water”, “Plastic Bags” and “Vampire Power”, a topic close to Stuart Hickox’s heart (as he explains in his guest blog).

After all, it was Stuart Hickox and One Change who reminded us that simple actions matter, so why not indulge in an episode of Enviro Girl which provides kids (and hopefully their parents too) with the tools, enthusiasm, and desire to change the way they act and think big for the future environmental solutions.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, simple actions matter: What simple actions are you taking to help the environment? How are you acting locally to affect global change? Do you know someone who is a small 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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(TVO) features an important documentary on the unsustainability of suburban life in North America. The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream this Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream was created in 2004, six years before the worst oil spill in American history. It’s a disturbing foreshadowing, an exploration of our life in North America, where the “American Dream” is now defined by sprawling backyards in suburbia.

Canada is home to the world’s largest greenbelt, located in Ontario, a space of protected prime ecological and agricultural land; even these spaces are threatened daily by encroaching development and pollution. What the filmmakers reveal is a serious questioning of the sustainability of suburban life, which quietly conceals a deep dependence on oil. As our thirst for oil grows, demand is outstripping supply.

The suburban life, a life which so many of us lead, is comfortable: big yards, cheap housing, and a life away from the hectic downtown core. The suburbs have a long history in North America. Exploding after World War II with economic expansion, veterans returning from war wanted nothing more than to settle down into quiet family lives outside the city. In fact, there was a time when more people lived in the suburbs than cities or elsewhere.

Still today, suburbia is a popular option for families. The thing is, this lifestyle is purely unsustainable. It was built on abundant and cheap oil, enabling millions of people to drive miles and miles to work, shop and eat. It’s an energy-intensive way of life, and an unsustainable way of life at that. It will become economically and ecologically impossible to maintain suburbia in an age of oil depletion.

The film makes GreenHero Leilani Munter’s efforts even more important; as we face declining fossil fuels, how will we survive? How can we prevent a collapse, and how can we change the way we live and build to ensure a sustainable future for our communities? How can we move towards smaller, localized systems that can sustain themselves rather than relying on supplies of cheap, limited, polluting energy? There are no easy answers, but knowing the issues is important – visit our Oil Changers campaign page for ideas on how to switch off of oil and reduce your carbon footprint, and tune in to TVO on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM to watch The End of Suburbia.

Are you working in a particularly polluting industry? Are you feeling guilty about the fossil fuel and oil you are emitting as a result? Like Leilani, are you doing something to offset or lessen this negative impact on the environment? Share your Oil Changer 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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