Prepare to be inspired!
Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of inspiration to act on your ideas. Bill Lishman’s story inspires us: he’s an artist, an activist, and a humanitarian. After seeing his story, we’re already itching to scribble out our ideas and figure out how to actualize them.
But we get our daily dose of inspiration from another source. Have you heard of TED? If you haven’t, we can’t wait to introduce you. TED is a nonprofit on a mission, much like ours at GreenHeroes: to spread ideas.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) started as a series of conferences in the 1980’s, and is now famous for it’s talks, TEDTalks.
You always hear about other inspiring people who've decided to go out and change the world, and think to yourself, could I do that? Well, we decided it was too important not to try. And very quickly, realized that we wouldn't have to do it alone. If it takes a village to raise a child, it definitely takes a village (or more) to change a food landscape into one that's more sustainable, healthy, and nourishing.
Every day we get emails from people excited about what we're doing, and wanting to do the same in their community. And this is fantastic! This is how real change happens. Having a vision for change, and then making the choice to work towards it.
It's not easy, it's a real commitment, and there are mornings where I wake up and can't believe all that's happening around me, but is it worth it? Absolutely.
In some ways it’s hard to imagine that fifty years have passed since GreenHero Dr. Jane Goodall, scientist, animal rights activist, and conservationist, first visited Gombe and began studying chimpanzees in the wild.
Yet, so many things have changed since her groundbreaking observation that chimpanzees make tools and hand down the knowledge of how to do this from generation to generation – formerly thought to be a uniquely human attribute.
As this year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Goodall’s first visit to Gombe, the Jane Goodall Institute issued “Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe,” (Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang – An imprint of ABRAMS 2010) not only in celebration of the amazing achievements of Dr. Goodall’s life, but also as an update to the innovations and evolutions in thinking of Dr. Goodall’s work, and others like her.
Tune in Tuesday November 2 at 7 p.m. (EST) for the launch of GreenHeroes on TVO.
On the eve of the launch of our companion TV show, it’s been a delight to meet some of the best out-of-the box, risk-takers on our planet. It is a combo of wit and wiry determination that propels our GreenHeroes to act on their dreams, survive the rocky road of opposition and to wind up at their ultimate destination – success.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be Jane Goodall? This GreenHero has been working to protect chimps for 50 years, when she was just a young woman without a formal education in conservation. Today, she has travelled the world, and her experiences have changed significantly.
No longer working for long periods of time directly with the chimps, her work now is about sprouting change in people and youth around the world. Take a peek into a day in the life of Jane Goodall, and see how her experiences have changed from the 1960's to today.
When it comes down to it, Jane Goodall is all about the animals. For over 50 years, she has devoted herself primarily to the conservation of chimps, but her repertoire of conservation efforts and campaigns now extends to all endangered animals.
It was fitting then that on TV the other evening was an episode of The Nature of Things, hosted by another of our GreenHeroes, David Suzuki. The featured episode was For the Love of Elephants, a documentary shot on location in Kenya, telling the story of orphaned elephants in Africa.
We Day is sweeping the hearts and minds of our nation’s youth. The event first hit Toronto on September 30th, then Vancouver on October 15th, leaving thousands of inspired pre-teens in its path. Next stop is Montreal on November 12th, where thousands more young people will be spurred to act and inspired to change the world.
Some of the most inspiring work for us, coming out of Planet in Focus, is from the bright minds of children.
On October 17th at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, we were drawn to the Green Sprouts! Film festival, a small offshoot of the larger Planet in Focus film festival, directed by and for youth. Every short told a different story from a different perspective, many hailing from various parts of the world.
Dr. Goodall isn't the only one with faith in the power of children. We've been spotting Earth Rangers, a Canadian non-profit organization that engages youth in wildlife protection, all around Toronto, promoting conservation and education to kids.
In fact, we caught them at the Planet in Focus press conference with live wildlife in hand (rescued or injured), which they use to educate kids and instill a love of and fascination with animals from a very young age.