Home | Calendar | GoodWork | Post an Event/Job | Links | Forum | Search | About | Contact | Donate

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.

Canadian Eco-Heroes
More Heroes, Leaders & Visionaries
Books about Activists, Leaders, Rebels & Reformers
How They Do It - Tips & Resources on Activism and Good Work
Quotes on Good Work, Inspiration & Success

(A) Canadian Eco-Heroes

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

Jane Jacobs – Master theorist of urban quality of life. Came down hard on car culture. Links | Ideas That Matter

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

Paul Watson – founder of the Sea Shepherd Society which defends the worlds oceans from eco-pirates. 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:
Canadian Environment NetworkGreen List | Provincial Networks
People- & Planet-FriendlyEcoPortal Canada | Portals & Guides
Canadian Peace AlliancePeace Groups in Canada
Ontario Environment NetworkOntario Environmental Directory
Ontario Network for Social Justice – (includes directory of poverty groups)
Open DirectoryRegional (drill down to your province or state; then click "localities"; then choose a letter of the alphabet; then your city or town).
Events, Meetings, Conferences –
Progressive & Eco-Calendars Directory

(B) More Heroes, Leaders & Visionaries

What is a hero? Wikipedia

Eco-heroes with pictures
Eco-heroes with links
Global Stewards
The Right Livelihood Award | recipients

Peace & Justice Heroes
The Right Livelihood Award | recipients
Famous People in Peace and Justice (posters; click desired name at right)

Canadian Women Activists
Celebrating Women's Achievements (National Library of Canada)
Famous Women in History

Other Heroes, Leaders and Luminaries
Pacifists –
Vegetarians –
Writers/Authors –
Open Directory | Google Directory
Others –
Wikipedia | by occupation
Canadian Heroes –
Google Search
American Heroes –
Google Search
International Heroes –
Heroes of the 20th Century

(C) Books about People, Activists, Rebels & Reformers

Canadian Books

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

Watchdogs and Gadflies, Activism from Marginal to Mainstream, by Tim Falconer, Canada, 2001. Website | Links (lately on sale at Chapters/Indigo for $4.99 hardcover)

Rescue the Earth, Conversations with the Green Crusaders, by Farley Mowat, Canada, 1990. Links | Open Directory | Google Directory

American Books

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein, US, 2004. Website | Links

Visionaries - People and Ideas to Change Your Life, Edited by Editors of Utne Reader, USA, 2001. New Society Books | Utne | Links

Activists, Rebels and Reformers, by Phillis Engelbert, USA, 2000. Links

The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, by Sherry Ruth Anderson and Paul H. Ray, USA, 2001. Website | Links

Books & Bookstores

Progressive Books, Bookstores & Libraries
Biographies –
Open Directory | Google Directory

(D) How They Do It

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

Leadership Wikipedia | Open Directory | Google Search | Planet-Friendly

GoodWork – jobs, internships, volunteering, networking... GoodWork Canada
GoodWork Tips | Links | Specials | Networking | Places | Discussion

(E) Quotes on Good Work, Inspiration & Success...

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now." – Goethe

"Who you are is exactly who you need to be,
just step it up a notch" – Julia Butterfly Hill

"A key is just a bunch of little angles, in the right
combination" – JP Warren

"Nobody made a greater mistake than they who did
nothing because they thought they could only do a little."
Edmund Burke

"When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new
culture is created by a few people who are not afraid
to be insecure" – Rudolf Bahro

"A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the
great sense, and men, serve the state with their conscience also,
and so necessarily resist it for the most part, and they are
commonly treated as enemies by it." – Henry David Thoreau

"The question is not 'can you make a difference?'
You already do make a difference. It's just a matter
of what kind of difference you want to make,
during your life on this planet." – Julia Butterfly Hill

"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one;
Helen Keller is the other." – Erma Bombeck

"Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction
we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it – but sail we must, and not
drift, nor lie at anchor." – Oliver Wendell Holmes

"What you spend years building may be destroyed
overnight. Build anyway." – Bishop Buzorewa

"Most of the important things in the world have been
accomplished by people who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all." – Dale Carnegie

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir people's
blood and probably themselves will not be realized.
Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering
that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die,
but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting
itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that your
children and grandchildren are going to do things that would
stagger us." – Attributed to Daniel H. Burnham, 1910.
Slightly modified by Jone Johnson Lewis.

"The future will be what you contribute to and create."
Greg, Camp Counselor

More quotes Wikipedia | Open Directory | Google Directory

People & Planet E-mail Newsletter
Free subscription:

more info .

People & Planet www.Planetfriendly.net
GoodWork Canada
bringing people together over ideas that matter