Eco-Heroes, Visionaries and You
|Do you want to work for
peace, environment, a better world? Why not think big?
Dare to dream! Canada has many environmentalists, leaders
and visionaries who started small, followed their hearts,
and achieved great things. We can learn a lot from them.
They can also help us visualize what we want to
do, to become ...and to find a path to follow. Below are
some eco- and social heroes, along with their writings,
websites, biographies and films. You'll also find books
about activists, leaders and visionaries, plus links and
resources on "how they do it". We close off
with some quotes on the path to good work and success.
Here are some Canadian eco-heros, their writings and links. This is a quick list and not meant to be comprehensive! Thanks to Angela Bischoff for most of this list.
Birute Galdikas – has run her Orangutan Foundation International longer than any other hominid rescue and research group on Earth. She has altered our concept of what it is to be a hominid, thus what it is to be a human. She has rescued thousands of them from a full genocide as Indonesia's forests are erased. Links
Bob Hunter – Greenpeace co-founder, activist, writer, eco-journalist. Columns | Books (3rd & 4th paragraphs) | TV (2) (3|b|c) (4) | Links (2) | News | Memorial (2) (3) | Photo Tribute | Greenpeace (2) | Greenpeace Characters
Charles Caccia – As the first federal Minister of the Environment he has demonstrated remarkable political staying power and pragmatism. In the game for 40 full years now, he is still at the very edge representing the environment federally (2). Links
David Schindler – Working out of the U of A in Edmonton, he's the world's most recognized expert on fresh water ecology issues. Relates water issues to climate change, acid rain, tar ponds, deforestation. Links
David Suzuki – As host of The Nature of Things, he has alerted us to toxic tar ponds in Alberta, decimated boreal forests, and a climate rapidly changing. Now his foundation is helping halt the damage. Links | more
Elizabeth May – Leader of the Green Party of Canada, environmental lawyer, lobbyist, author and former Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. Bio & readings | How to be an Activist (2) | More | Links
Farley Mowat – His books awakened Canadians to the perils facing humans and animals. He fell in love with the Arctic as a teenager and went on to write 38 books, many about the far North. Links | more
Maude Barlow – Activist, writer, policy critic and volunteer national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy group. Best-selling author of ten books on the effects of globalization on social programs, education, the media and the environment. Bio | Some films & videos | Links
Percy Schmeiser – the Saskatchewan farmer who was sued by Monsanto for growing canola that contained Monsanto's patented genes. Percy said the pollen blew in on the wind, that he didn't want it, that it contaminated his crops. The judge said it didn't matter, it was still patent infringement. The case is now being appealed in the Supreme Court and has enormous implications for agriculture, the future of the food system, and corporatization in general. Website | Article | Links | Food orgs.
Rosalie Bertell – winner of the Right Livelihood Award "...for raising public awareness about the destruction of the biosphere and human gene pool, especially by low-level radiation". Author of Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War and other books. Right Livelihood Recipient | Bio | Links | more
Heroes in Your Community –
there are probably people doing great, even heroic work
right now, right in your community. You can find them,
help them, work with them, learn from them! To find
people and groups in your community:
What is a hero? Wikipedia
Other Heroes, Leaders and
Sweeping the Earth, Women Taking Action for a Healthy Planet, edited by Miriam Wyman, Canada, 1999. "A long-overdue contribution to our knowledge of how human-generated pollutants are affecting our health, our bodies and ourselves. Woven in among the science are the stories of women as activists, not only in Canada, but globally. We should feel the rising tide of anger at losing so many of our mothers and sisters and daughters to the down side of the Industrial Revolution. We must launch our new revolution to detoxify the planet. Sweeping the Earth provides the spark." Description | Purchase | Links
Activists, Rebels and Reformers, by Phillis Engelbert, USA, 2000. Links
Books & Bookstores
Activism & Community Involvement Resources – an introduction and portal to activism, education, community involvement, and social change. Guides, definitions, approaches, themes, stories, how to be an activist. planetfriendly.net/active
"Whatever you can do, or dream
you can, begin it.
"Who you are is exactly who
you need to be,
"A key is just a bunch of
little angles, in the right
"Nobody made a greater mistake
than they who did
"When the forms of an old
culture are dying, the new
"A very few, as heroes,
patriots, martyrs, reformers in the
"The question is not 'can you
make a difference?'
"Don't confuse fame with
success. Madonna is one;
"Greatness is not in where we
stand, but in what direction
"What you spend years building
may be destroyed
"Most of the important things
in the world have been
"Make no little plans; they
have no magic to stir people's
"The future will be what you
contribute to and create."
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