Tuesday, 7 November 2006

Canadian Eco-Heroes

HEROES, VISIONARIES & YOU [courtesy of PlanetFrindly.net] Do you want to work for peace, environment, a better world? Why not think big? Dare to dream! Canada has many activists, 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. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now." -- Goethe

~ Contents ~ (A) Canadian Eco-Heroes
(B) More Heroes, Leaders & Visionaries
(C) Books about Activists, Leaders, Rebels & Reformers
(D) How They Do It - Tips & Resources on Activism and Good Work
(E) 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. Tell us about *your* heroes (for peace, environment, democracy, a better world) on the GoodWork forum: http://www.planetfriendly.net/goodworkforum

* 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. http://www.google.ca/search?q=Galdikas+Orangutan

* Bob Hunter: Greenpeace co-founder, writer, eco-journalist. http://www.eye.net/contributors/bob_hunter/ http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22bob+hunter%22+environmental

* 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. http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22charles+caccia%22

* 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. http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22david+schindler%22

* 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. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/ http://dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/World_Literature/Canadian/Authors/Non- fiction/Suzuki,_David/

* Elizabeth May: Environmental lawyer, lobbyist, author and Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/2/12/h12-411-e.html http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/activist.html http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22elizabeth+may%22

* Farley Mowatt: 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. http://dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/World_Literature/Canadian/Authors/Novelists/Mowat,_Farley/ http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22farley+mowat%22

* Jane Jacobs: Master theorist of urban quality of life. Came down hard on the car culture. http://dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/Authors/J/Jacobs,_Jane/ http://www.ideasthatmatter.com/

* 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. http://www.writersunion.ca/b/barlow.htm http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0055266/ http://www.canadians.org/

* Paul Watson: founder of the Sea Shepherd Society which defends the worlds oceans from eco-pirates. http://www.seashepherd.org/ http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22paul+watson%22+%22sea+shepherd%22

* Tooker Gomberg: Writer, activist, politician, videographer and comedian. Recycling and composting pioneer; advocate of car-free living, peace and social justice. Co-founder of the Greenspiration project. http://www.greenspiration.org http://www.greenspiration.org/bios.html http://www.greenspiration.org/Memorial/ArtistryinActivism.html http://www.planetfriendly.net/tooker/ ~~~~~

* To nominate any of the above (or someone else) just go to http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/ by this Sunday. Click on "nomination". Or call 1-866-303-VOTE (8683).
* Tell us about *your* heroes (for peace, environment, democracy, a better world) on the GoodWork forum: http://www.planetfriendly.net/goodworkforum ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
(B) MORE HEROES, LEADERS & VISIONARIES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
* What is a Hero?
* Eco-Heroes
http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~recycle/heroes_text.htm http://www.care2.com/channels/ecoinfo/eco-heroes
* Peace & Justice Heroes
* Canadian Women Activists
* Famous Women in History
* Pacifists
* Vegetarians
* Writers
* Others
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_by_occupation
* Canadian Heroes
* American Heroes
* International Heroes
http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/heroes.htm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
(C) BOOKS ABOUT ACTIVISTS, REBELS & REFORMERS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


* Watchdogs and Gadflies, Activism from Marginal to Mainstream, by Tim Falconer, Canada, 2001 http://www.timfalconer.com/content/watchdogs.html (lately on sale at Chapters/Indigo for 4.99 hardcover)

* Rescue the Earth, Conversations with the Green Crusaders, by Farley Mowat, Canada, 1990 http://www.google.ca/search?q=mowat+%22rescue+the+earth%22 http://dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/World_Literature/Canadian/Authors/Novelists/Mowat,_Farley/ AMERICAN BOOKS

* How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein, US, 2004 http://www.howtochangetheworld.org/ http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22change+the+world%22+bornstein

* Visionaries - People and Ideas to Change Your Life, Edited by Editors of Utne Reader, USA, 2001. http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3757 http://www.utne.com/utne_store/books/203-1.html http://www.google.ca/search?q=visionaries+utne+spayde

* Activists, Rebels and Reformers, by Phillis Engelbert, USA, 2000 http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22Activists%2C+Rebels%2C+and+Reformers%22+Engelbert

* The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, by Sherry Ruth Anderson and Paul H. Ray, USA, 2001 http://www.culturalcreatives.org/ http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22Cultural+Creatives%22+anderson BOOKS & BOOKSTORES

* Progressive Books, Bookstores & Libraries http://www.planetfriendly.net/voices.html#books

* Biographies http://dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/Biography/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

* 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. http://www.planetfriendly.net/active.html

GoodWork -- jobs, internships, volunteering, networking... http://www.planetfriendly.net/goodwork.html Tips http://www.planetfriendly.net/goodworktips.html Links http://www.planetfriendly.net/goodworklinks.html Specials http://www.planetfriendly.net/goodworkspecials.html Networking http://www.planetfriendly.net/networkingtips.html Places http://www.planetfriendly.net/learn.html Discussion http://www.planetfriendly.net/goodworkforum ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
(E) QUOTES ON GOOD WORK & 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 "The future will be what you contribute to and create." -- Greg, Camp Counselor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
More quotes http://dmoz.org/Reference/Quotations/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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