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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.

Wild Halifax and The Parliament of Life – Sunday column, April 18, 2011

I’ve never participated in a Council of All Beings. Not yet. Councils of All Beings were designed by proponents of “deep ecology” to give people a direct emotional experience of their profound connection with the rest of the natural world. Deep ecology holds that the world was not made for human exploitation, that all its features have intrinsic value, and that our most urgent task is to re-discover our proper place among the life-forms that share this green and spinning planet.

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The Green Party and the Leaders’ Debates

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In this Canadian federal election, the major parties have connived with the national broadcasters to prevent the inclusion of Green Party leader Elizabeth May in the televised “debates” that have become such an important feature of modern elections. The official fiction is that because the Greens have no seats in Parliament, they are not a national party – though they are running candidates in every riding, and won 7% of the vote — nearly a million votes — in the last election.

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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

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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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