And now… Green Rights, The Tour!
There it is, in a nutshell.
In every creative project, there’s a tension between creating the work and helping it find its audience. For months, we’ve been finishing the keystone pieces of the Green Rights multi-media project (www.GreenRights.com) – a feature-length film called Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World, and a book entitled Warrior Lawyers: From Manila to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth. Both of them are coming out next month – so it’s time to find their audiences.
The same goes for The Year of the Horse, the second book by my wife, Marjorie Simmins. Year of the Horse is a wonderful story of love and grit, injury and healing, and trials and triumphs with horses and humans. So we’re planning a big fat promotional tour for both books and the film – a tour that will take us from coast to coast in September/October.
We’re going to hop from university to university – and at each school I’ll deliver an illustrated lecture to a class in environmental studies, law, journalism or another related discipline. For environmental studies, the lecture will be an abbreviated version of “The Most Important Idea in the World,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkifHXFbIMg For law students, I’ll present a new lecture, “Frame-up: The New Frontiers in Environmental Law.” For journalism classes, I’ll draw on my 45 years as writer, broadcaster and journalist to speak about “The Art of the Interview” or “The Magic of Morphing: The Changing Face of Freelancing.” In addition, I’ve become really troubled by what might be called “environmental despair,” which seems to be poisoning the lives of many young people. That’s what led to my TEDx Talk, “What Can One Person Do?” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MjnyOmmu3A). I’d love to deliver that pep talk to a broad slice of the student body, maybe through the Student Union. And we’ll end the day with a public screening of the full-length GreenRights film followed by a Q&A with a book-signing.
I’m delighted to be taking Green Rights and the lectures to universities, because university students and faculty are the audience for the film – and students are the future. In addition, universities normally provide honoraria for guest lecturers – and that, plus book sales and income from the screenings, should make the tour self-financing.
Where are we going specifically? We have events scheduled in Nova Scotia from September 17 to 28, including several launch parties and bookstore appearances for Marjorie, and screenings/signings for me at Mount St. Vincent, Acadia and St. Francis Xavier universities. The kick-off event for the central and western legs of our tour takes place on October 4 in Ottawa, starting with a celebratory reception on Parliament Hill hosted by The Honourable George Furey, Speaker of the Senate, followed by a screening that evening. We’ll continue through eastern Ontario, spending October 8-18 in the Toronto area. Then we’ll whistle-stop across northern Ontario and the Prairies, arriving at Calgary on the 30th.
We’ll continue to Vancouver, where we’ll stay till the spring. Marjorie has a west-coast launch party arranged at the Southlands Riding Club in Vancouver on November 24, and I’m expecting to present at a prestigious environmental-law conference in Oregon in early March. We’ll certainly be arranging additional events in on the west coast while we’re there.
Incidentally, if you don’t already “like” the Greenrightsfilm page on Facebook, or aren’t a friend of mine on FB, this is the time to correct that. I’m going to start doing Facebook Live broadcasts, and will continue them as we go across the country. And if you have suggestions about places we should offer screenings and signings and lectures, please send me an email: email@example.com
It’s going to be a grand adventure. I’ll keep you posted on the details.