Pete Seeger died Monday, January 27, 2014. This is a newspaper column I wrote about him in 2001.
SINGIN’ OUT FREEDOM
In June, 1969, I was rattling away at my old Remington manual typewriter when my five-year-old daughter Leslie wandered into my workroom.
January 21, 8:00 PM
Chris Beckett and I are in the air en route from Quito to Buenos Aires after a fantastic week in Ecuador. We spent our first three days at the Hacienda Pinsaqui in Otavalo, an hour’s drive from Quito.
MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release – January 11, 2014
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — Tomorrow, January 12, 2014, internationally respected author and environmentalist Silver Donald Cameron leaves for South America to capture some of the most dramatic environmental stories of our time, accompanied by producer, director and cameraman, Chris Beckett. The two are collecting footage and background information for their newest foray into documentary filmmaking, “GreenRights” scheduled for release this fall.
Almost exactly seven years ago, I published a Sunday Herald column about an environmental-rights ordinance passed in an obscure Pennsylvania borough — a bold and pioneering step, one of the first such laws in North America. Next week, in Quito, Ecuador, I get to meet some of the people responsible for that ordinance — Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil — and also some of the people who inspired it, like Cormac Cullinan.
Imagine if the Earth had rights. Imagine if you yourself had the right to clean air and water, the right to a healthy environment.
You don’t, you know. In 177 countries around the world, people do have those rights. But Canadians don’t, and Americans don’t.
Go up on the roof of this industrial building in the northeast of Montreal at 3:00 in the morning, and you’ll find farm labourers picking crops — heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, basil, bok choy, lettuce, and more than a dozen micro-greens.