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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 TheGreeninterview.com 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.

Lara Ryan’s Lovely Column

In the current issue of Progress, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading business publications, is a lovely column about The Green Interview by Lara Ryan, the magazine’s corporate social responsibility columnist. The piece is lovely not just because it’s well-written and complimentary — though it is both of those things — but because Lara Ryan so profoundly "gets" the whole concept of The Green Interview.  The site provides "a wealth of knowledge on environmental issues in one place," she writes, and its interviews are the opposite of a sound bite.

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The Jolly Green Investor – Sunday column, November 28, 2010

Canada is “a country that sees itself as a force for good in the world,” says Andrew Heintzman, but “the dawning realization that we have landed squarely on the wrong side of the biggest issue of our time will continue to undermine our self-identity, our self-respect, and our stature on the world’s stage.”   Our transformation into an environmental rogue state is not just a moral and environmental failure, Heintzman notes.

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The Lovenest

"Silver Donald Giving Up Lovenest" shrieked the headline in Frank magazine, our local scandal sheet in Nova Scotia. Wow! Hugh Hefner wannabe nabbed with Another Woman? Is Silver Donald a bigamist? Is the lady in question a married woman? Well, ahem.

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Green Pieces — a new section on this site

There’s a new section on this site this week. It’s called Green Pieces, and in it I’ll be posting my own environmental writing, both reprints and new items, both substantial features and lectures and also some of my newspaper columns. To view it, just click on the "Green Pieces" tab above.  "Green Pieces" makes its debut with three hefty reprinted pieces, one of which is my major attempt so far to articulate a political and environmental philosophy that would provide a way out of the frightening situation we have created for ourselves.

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The Rights and Wrongs of Copyright — Sunday column, November 21, 2010

“Did you always intend to be a writer?” asked the student. “No,” I said. “ The idea never crossed my mind. One of the things I learned in school was that to be a writer, you had to be British and dead.” The phrase “Canadian writer” was an oxymoron, as silly as “jumbo shrimp.” I vividly remember when the idea did occur to me.

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New interview — Chris Turner!

Introducing Chris Turner, author of The Geography of Hope! Dismayed that environmentalism had become "a sort of mythology of death – passionate, lyrical, righteous and hopeless,” Turner set out to discover what he called  “the archipelago of hope,” the places and initiatives all over the world where people are fully aware of the environmental crisis – but are attacking the problems with imagination, exuberance and optimism.  It’s a fine, stimulating, hopeful book, and it became the basis of a memorable interview.

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Water Courses

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WATER COURSES (Reprinted from Equinox magazine, 1990) by Silver Donald Cameron   "I saw a graveyard of ships rotting in the dried-up seabed," writes Sandra Postel in Pillar of Sand, her new book on the world’s water problems. "I stood on a seaside bluff outside the old port town of Mynak, but I saw no water – the coastline and the sea were 40 kilometers away.

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Energy, Environment and the Left

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Energy, Environment and the Left by Silver Donald Cameron   Vancouver Institute Lecture University of British Columbia March 25, 2000   Thank you. I am very happy to be here tonight, and for several reasons. First, this university is my alma mater — and the alma mater of my father, both my brothers, my eldest son, and my wife.

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We’re Live at Mount Saint Vincent University!

The Green Interview has its first institutional membership in place! The site is now live throughout the computer networks of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia — our partner university, which has contributed the use of its TV studio and other video facilities, not to mention the indispensable role play by the university’s superb Director of Instructional Television, Chris Beckett, who produces and directs the Green Interviews.

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