The Green Interview is a series of in-depth conversations with the thinkers, artists and activists whose ideas and work are leading the way to a new era of sustainability.
Its host and executive producer is Silver Donald Cameron, one of Canada’s most versatile and experienced professional authors; filming and production by Chris Beckett; research and transcription by Linda Pannozzo.
Silver Donald Cameron
Silver Donald’s literary work includes plays, films, radio and TV scripts, an extensive body of corporate and governmental writing, hundreds of magazine articles, and 17 books. He has won awards in all these forms of writing. From 1998 to 2011 he wrote an influential weekly column for the Halifax Sunday Herald. His recent books include Sailing Away from Winter: A Cruise from Nova Scotia to Florida and Beyond and a re-issue of his classic book on shorelines, The Living Beach: Life, Death and Politics Where the Land Meets the Sea. In 2016 he released Warrior Lawyers: From Manila to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth, which consists of a long essay and 15 interviews. Warrior Lawyers is the first Green Interview book.
Silver Donald was the founding Chairman of Telile, the community television station in Isle Madame, Nova Scotia, where he lived for more than 30 years and was also a founding director of Development Isle Madame. He has served on many other volunteer boards, including several terms on the executive of the Writers Union of Canada. A distinguished educator, Dr. Cameron taught at several universities and was the first Dean of the School of Community Studies at Cape Breton University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Kings College and Cape Breton University. In 2012 he was appointed to both the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia.
Chris Beckett came to Canada in 1967 after graduating from Derby College, starting his broadcasting career at CJCH-TV, now ATV, where he worked at many technical and production positions before producing and directing a wide range of programs and commercials. Chris moved to CBC in 1970, to produce and direct music and resource-based documentaries and programs.
Chris also wrote and directed CBC news and current affairs programming in Halifax, Charlottetown, Sydney and Fredericton. In Fredericton, he was the founding producer and director of New Brunswick report until 1981 when he became the Senior Network Trainer for the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation in Iqaluit and Igloolik.
In 1986, Chris joined Mount Saint Vincent University as Co-ordinator of Instructional Television- a position he held for 25 years until his “retirement” in 2010, when he began writing and producing programming independently, serving a number of institutional and private clients. Chris works extensively with the arts community, producing programming and videos for musicians, dancers and choreographers.
He has produced, filmed and edited programs for Vision-TV, CBC, Bravo! Canadian Learning Television and others. He has recently travelled to Africa, Indonesia and the USA filming documentaries on democracy and sex tourism.
Linda Pannozzo is an award-winning journalist and researcher who edits The Green Interview transcripts, prepares briefing notes and writes brief biographies about some of the world’s most inspiring people. Linda has written widely about ecological degradation and public policy issues. As a contract writer, she penned a number of influential reports for the non-profit research and education organization Genuine Progress Index Atlantic, which has been developing indicators to measure environmental quality, sustainability, well-being, and quality of life for Nova Scotia. In 2010-2011 this work took Linda to Bhutan where she was the project manager and research director with a civil-society based initiative aimed at increasing living standards, food security and self-reliance in one of the country’s rural and remote districts.
Most recently Linda is the author of the book The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada’s Grey Seal (Fernwood Publishing). The book delves into the science and politics behind the push for a massive cull of the grey seal population on Canada’s east coast.
Linda lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, daughter, dog and three cats.