Silver Donald Cameron

Welcome to Silver Donald Cameron’s blog! Dr Cameron is the author of 19 books and of many plays, films, magazine articles, radio and TV scripts. He is currently the host and executive producer of and of its feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. In 2019, he was appointed the first Farley Mowat Chair in Environment at Cape Breton University, where he earlier served as professor, dean and writer-in-residence. He currently teaches an on-campus/online course called Green Rights.

The Forests of the Crown

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about the debate over the future of the forest here in Nova Scotia — which is, I think, pretty much the same debate you’d see anywhere else.  Industry wants to clear-cut the forests, and people with a longer-term view want to use the woodlands in a sustainable way.

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The Forest and the Trees

 This is my column in the Halifax Sunday Herald for October 17, 2010. It may seem pretty local, because it’s about forest practices in Nova Scotia, and the debate currently raging here about the future of the forests — but it applies in many other places around the world.

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Declan Galbraith, the voice of the children

An old friend sent me a video — Declan Galbraith, aged 13, singing an inspirational song that he’d written and performed in 2002. I’d never seen it before, and I thought it was astonishing and inspiring. If ever you ask yourself why we keep trying to resolve these huge problems even though people our age — my age anyway —  aren’t going to be around all that long, a performance like this ought to galvanize you.

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The 10% Solution and the “No Pressure” video

At its best, British humour — the Monty Python dead parrot sketch, for instance — is almost unbearably funny. At its worst, British humour is flat, vulgar, and nasty. An example of that? The video recently released by, under the title “No Pressure” or “There Will Be Blood.” In the video, climate-change evangelists urge groups of school children, football players and office workers to pledge that they will reduce their carbon footprints.

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