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.

Nuclear Power, 1982: A Reprint

I’ve just posted my extensive 1982 article “Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option” in the Green Pieces blog on this site. I refer to the piece in this week’s Sunday column, and it has a certain historical interest. When I re-read it, to be truthful, I was struck by how little has changed about nuclear power in general — although its new appeal to green consumers in the context of climate change is certainly a dramatic development. 

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Gregory Cajete!

We’ve just posted our interview with Dr. Gregory Cajete, a brilliant Native American educator who teaches at the University of New Mexico, who is an eloquent expositor of the aboriginal understanding of the “nature of nature," a way of knowing that combines experiencing and feeling with understanding.

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The Trouble with Nuclear Power – Sunday column, March 27, 2011


In 1982, I was commissioned to write a heavily-researched cover story on the economics of nuclear power for the late, lamented weekend supplement called Today, which appeared in newspapers all across Canada. After visiting Ottawa, Chalk River, Toronto, Montreal and Point Lepreau, NB, I wrote an article entitled “Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option.” Nobody really knew the actual costs of nuclear power, I reported, but clearly they were unbearably high.

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The Espresso Book Machine – Sunday column, March 13, 2011

I’m standing in the Great Hall of the University of Toronto Bookstore, looking at the future of book publishing. It’s called the Espresso Book Machine. Brenda Beal, the co-ordinator of BookPOD, as this service is called, taps at a keyboard in front of a monitor, downloading a file called Book Business: Publishing Past, Present and Future, by Jason Epstein.

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Why We Don’t Allow Anonymous Comments Here

 Farhad Manjoo just published a firebreathing piece in Slate about anonymous comments, and why we need to get rid of them on the web generally. His opinions echo ours. I think anonymous commenting is a scourge and an abomination; anonymity allows any goof to spew out the most scurrilous bile without having to take even a smidgen of responsibility for it.

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Study Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba!

Here’s a note from my friend Wendy Holm, the noted agrologist, who teaches at UBC and is now leading a for-credit course in Cuba. A great opportunity for anyone involved with food and agriculture! Just a quick note to say registration is NOW OPEN for my MAY 2011 University of British Columbia 3 credit course  International Field Studies in Sustainable Agriculture Cuba.

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Bunker Roy!!

We recently posted our interview with Bunker Roy, the founder of India’s Barefoot College, and an educational thinker of ruthless robustness. He won’t educate people who have been spoiled by formal education, and he doesn’t think highly of men as students, either.

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