The Green Interview Travels Abroad
The Green Interview in… Australia, Ireland, England, the US, New Zealand…
In addition to providing The Green Interview on our own site, we also partner with several online distributors including Films on Demand, Gale Cengage, McIntyre Media and Kanopy Streaming. We’re currently upgrading our videos on the Kanopy site to high-definition, which is how I learned that our interviews there have recently been used in 235 institutions worldwide. The list includes Yale, Harvard, Duke, Cornell, the University of London, Princeton, The National University of Ireland, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Johns Hopkins and the Universities of Sydney, South Australia, Auckland, and California. Kanopy also makes our conversations and films available in more than 400 public libraries, mainly in such US centres as New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and San Francisco, but also in numerous Canadian public libraries, plus several Australian libraries, notably Port Phillip and Kalamunda.
Anyone interested in ships and the sea knows that Port Phillip is the harbour of Melbourne. Kalamunda is part of Perth, in Western Australia, the home town of Olivia Humphrey — who is the celebrated Australian entrepreneur who founded Kanopy.
If you have a library card, and The Green Interview is in the library, you can stream or read the interviews anywhere. Just log in with your library card.
Is The Green Interview in your local public library, or your university library? If not, would you suggest that the library consider acquiring it through one of our distribution partners?
I’m always pleased to see that the Green Rights project is actually having an impact – and two recent lawsuits in Nova Scotia plus a municipal declaration in New Brunswick have resulted directly from screenings of the film. In Harrietsfield, NS, residents have sued the provincial government for its failure to protect their drinking water. You can see the underlying story in our CBC film Defenders of the Dawn, here.
This legal action was the first private prosecution of an environmental offence in the history of the province, and it was subsequently taken over by the provincial government. I had hoped that the province was embarrassed that private citizens were being forced to fulfill the government’s duties, but the dismal truth is that it seems equally likely that the province took over the prosecution in order to stifle it.
Farther east, in Brookfield, NS, a citizens’ group is in court to block the province’s approval for Lafarge Cement to burn used tires in its cement kiln – an idea that the local MLA, Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell, vigorously opposed in opposition, but now supports as a member of the government.
Environmental Rights in Gagetown, NS
Meanwhile, the Village of Gagetown, NB, has made a Declaration of Environmental Rights on behalf of its citizens. As you’ll see from their poster, this Declaration is a direct result of our screening of the film during my autumn tour of New Brunswick. It was a great evening. The audio-visual gear left a lot to be desired, but it sufficed, and the audience was terrific — even better than I thought at the time, given this excellent outcome!
Furthermore, I got to the event in an electric car driven by sustainability consultant Carl Duivenvoorden. (His website is here.) It was my first drive in a smooth, quiet, complely electric vehicle. Now I want one.
And a big tip of the hat to Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, the Gagetown activist whose hard work and determination sparked all this.