GreenHeroes features the stories of corporate knights, public figures and everyday heroes who tell their transformative stories. Each episode profiles someone, who in a single moment, shifted his or her world-view and suddenly understood that something must be done to save the planet. Their inspirational stories of green epiphanies provides motivation for all of us to do what we can to preserve the natural world for future generations.
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July 16, 2013
The oceans dominate our blue planet yet marine species are some of the first to go. Called into action, these GreenHeroes are defending marine life with every means necessary, from the written word to waging battles at sea. Twelve years ago, Mary Gorman turned from fisherman's wife to GreenHero after two leases were issued for oil and gas development on the shores of her Nova Scotia home. Farley Mowat is one of Canada's most widely read authors and best-known conservationists using his books and voice to shed light on the loss of nature and the need to protect it. Through her Blue Legacy project and as a filmmaker and TV host, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau Sr. Born into a storytelling tradition, she has mastered their talent to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.
July 9, 2013
Climate change presents new problems we have never faced before. That is why those in business and politics have come up with ways to reduce emissions by enticing us to try new ways to travel. Will Kozma is the founder of EcoCabs, the pedal-powered taxi in Toronto that is a "win-win" for both the planet and people. Customers are treated to free rides and in exchange learn about ways green friendly businesses are boosting profitability and reducing traffic emissions. Andreas Souvaliotis is the founder of Green Rewards, the world's first environmental consumer loyalty program. Frank Stronach is a self-made billionaire who founded the auto parts giant Magna International. Frank is now partnering with his longtime employee Fred Gingl in BionX, a product line of bikes and recreational vehicles that combine human "pedal power" with an electric proponent part that takes the "can't do" out of biking long distances to work.
The Art of Change
July 2, 2013
Art is an important mirror of society, but what if art could be used to help protect our planet by reflecting environmental problems? These Green Heroes are doing just that, creating an artistic canvas to inspire change. David Buckland, an artist and avid sailor, formed Cape Farewell and took a boat-full of artists and scientists on a voyage to witness climate change in the High Arctic. On a trip to Pennsylvania, Edward Burtynsky stopped by a small coalmining town and photographed landscapes there, from the pristine to the transformed. This set him on his life's work capturing great industrial wastelands. While directing the film "Manufactured Landscapes" with Ed Burtynsky in China, Jennifer Baichwal witnessed first-hand the catastrophic strain the industrialized world imposed on the planet.
Back to Nature
June 25, 2013
As a child, Robert Bateman was fascinated with the natural world and focused his artistic talents on painting it. Robert's art project for children is aimed at connecting them to the natural world, not the computer screen. Ta'Kaiya Blaney is a 12 year old Sliammon First Nation from Vancouver. Her song, Shallow Waters, was written to raise awareness about a proposed oil pipeline. Located in his hometown of Burlington, Newfoundland, Shaun Majumder's "Majumder Manor" is an eco-lux lodge designed to put city folk and rural Newfoundlanders back in touch with nature. or over two decades, Sophia Rabliauskas has been a leader in protecting the traditional territory of her people, the Poplar River First Nation. In 2007, Sophia was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, one of the world's most prestigious awards.
Green is the New Black
April 22, 2013
For the planet, fashion and beauty items cost more than the price tag and that is why these GreenHeroes are making it hip to go green. "Green is the New Black," explores the toll beauty items and fashion take on the environment and features the stories of Canadians greening up the industry. Author and journalist Adria Vasil offers eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items in her weekly "Ecoholic" column in NOW Magazine. "Green fashionista" Kelly Drennan founded Fashion Takes Action, a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging and promoting sustainability in the fashion world. Donna Bishop created Green Beauty, a curated online beauty boutique and full-service spa in Toronto based on her mantra that there is no need to compromise lifestyle, beauty and fashion in order to be conscientious.
Biting into Change
April 22, 2013
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 GreenHeroes are finding planet saving at the end of a fork. In "Biting into Change," celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy, musician and local food advocate Daniel Lanois, and farmers from Ontario's Greenbelt region discuss the importance of producing and consuming food in a sustainable way. One of Canada's most celebrated chefs, Kennedy has shaped the evolution of Canadian cuisine since the 1980s, pioneering Ontario's slow food movement and encouraging farm-to-table practices throughout the country. For Lanois, his desire to connect to food growers in his hometown region of Ontario's Niagara Escarpment led him to help create the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, a music festival supporting local farmers.
December 7, 2010
These Heroes - Emily and Bobbi Hunter, Ray Anderson, and Vandana Shiva - have been involved in visionary efforts that have changed the face of environmentalism.
November 30, 2010
Global conflicts and global warming - oil seems to be at the root of many of our world problems. Heroes Leilani Münter, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Ian Clifford, and Andrew Ference are cutting down on emissions and preserving our earth.
The Tree of Life
November 23, 2010
Heroes - Tzeporah Berman, Wangari Maathai, Laura Reinsborough - at the root of the earth's problems finding new ways to tackle deforestation, GMOs, mass food production and even poverty in Africa.
The Power of an Idea
November 16, 2010
Many people find saving the planet to be an overwhelming idea, but these Heroes - Willa Black, David Suzuki, Stuart Hickox, and Shane Price - have found a way to make simple changes part of the bigger picture.