IGUASSU FALLS, Brazil — As of 2008, more than 17 percent of the Amazon rainforest had been cleared for agriculture and otherdevelopment. But in Brazil the rate of deforestation has dropped dramatically in recent years, thanks to a variety of incentives that nmay provide a model for other regions.
When I first came up with the idea of The Green Interview, I thought of Ray Anderson.
Ray Anderson was the founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., which began as a traditional carpet manufacturing company based in Georgia. In 1994, under pressure from his customers and staff to develop an environmental policy, Ray happened upon Paul Hawken’s seminal book The Ecology of Commerce.
A rainy Sunday in Brampton, Ontario – part of a huge sprawl of malls, warehouses, factories and freeways spilling westward from Toronto. We’re in the Indian Line Campground, the closest one to downtown Toronto, but it’s not very close – about half an hour with light traffic, much more in busy periods.
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The right to breathe. The right to clean water. The right to wholesome food.
You spoke. We listened.
You told us overwhelmingly that you preferred the photo that showed me talking with Mi’kmaw canoe builder Todd Labrador, beside the Wildcat River. But some of you found the people lost in the background.
So we cropped it closer, clarified the text, and we’re using it as our thumbnail.
Salmon — in a Suit
Last week, a St. John’s lawyer named Owen Myers took the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to court. Myers’ lawsuit alleges that the government broke its own laws and regulations by exempting a salmon farm project in Placentia Bay from a full-scale environmental review.
Time — well past time, in fact — for a biggish update.
As you may know, the Green Interview team devoted the first nine months of this year largely to the GreenRights Maritimes project which ultimately became Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes, and was broadcast by CBC Atlantic on September 5.
Tony Oposa was appalled.
In 1990, Antonio Oposa, Jr. – “Attorney Oposa,” as he is now known throughout the Philippines – went walking in the mountains of Cebu, in what used to be the forest – and the forest was gone.
Five great interviews in just four days. Here's a bit more detail about our amazing week in England.
The Green Interview crew landed in London and drove to a rented flat in Oxford, where we spent Monday. On Tuesday, we drove to Ludlow, in Shropshire, on the Welsh border, where we met Hugo Spowers of Riversimple car company (www.riversimple.com).
Wow. Just … wow.
That’s the best word I know to describe the splendid audience reaction to the Green Rights film. People love it! They love the stories, love the hopefulness, love the pace, love the use of folk-art and folk-music to mark the transitions from one story to another.