Six Crazy Months! Sorry for the Silence! (But we think it was worth the wait)
As our faithful followers know, The Green Interview strives to post one new interview every month – but if we don’t tell you we’ve done that, how would you know? And we haven’t recently told you what we’ve been up to. The last six months has been an incredibly dizzy and productive period.
That’s mainly because we’ve been preoccupied with the GreenRights project, and specifically with our commission from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to do a one-hour film about environmental rights in the Maritime provinces. That show is now completed; it’s called Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes, and it will be broadcast on CBC-TV’s Atlantic network at 8:00 on Saturday, September 5. You’ll find more details at www.DefendersoftheDawn.ca – and you can view the trailer here: http://www.cbc.ca/absolutelycanadian/maritimes/
We’re proud of the show. One of its early viewers called it “fast-paced and moving, with a fluid story arc told in many voices.” It presents a number of fighting Maritimers, and also some Green Interviewees in cameo appearances, including Tony Oposa, Marina Aizen, Pablo Fajardo and Daniel Sallaberry. (Sallaberry’s interview is not yet posted on the Green Interview site). The show also introduces Larry Kowalchuk, the brilliant environmental lawyer from Saskatchewan whose Green Interview will be the next one posted.
Meanwhile, we’ve continue to publish interviews with fascinating environmental leaders from the Philippines, the US, Argentina and Canada. We just haven’t told you about them :-). But here are the people whose interviews we’ve posted since my last blog entry last April:
Antonio Oposa, Jr., the lawyer who established “the Oposa doctrine,” the right of future generations to inherit a healthy environment. He also forced a massive cleanup of Manila Bay, stopped logging in old-growth forests and reef-fishing with cyanide and dynamite, and now seeks to reserve 50% of Philippine highways for sustainable transport.
Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil, the co-founder and associate director of the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund, a pioneering US organization that helps communities (and nations like Ecuador and Nepal) assert their rights as communities, and the rights of the environment itself.
Atossa Soltani, founder and director of Amazon Watch, a US-based organization that works to protect the Amazon rainforest and support its indigenous peoples. Media strategist, photographer and filmmaker, she leads campaigns to force international corporations to raise their environmental and social standards.
Marina Aizen, an award-winning Argentinian journalist who has written a comprehensive history of the legal case that required a massive cleanup of the Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires. She was formerly the New York correspondent for the leading Buenos Aires newspaper Clarin, and she has been widely published in the Spanish-language press.
Stephen Leahy, independent international environmental journalist, and author of Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products.
Brilliant people, great ideas, passionate actions. Enjoy! And don’t miss the broadcast on the September 5, the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend!