Toronto Star mention…

Toronto Star mention…

Environmentalists have reason for hope in 2014:  As one who teaches environmental studies, I am sometimes tagged as a pessimist, a “prophet of gloom” cheerlessly sprinkling facts of species loss, rainforest destruction, water pollution and runaway climate change. In other words, a professional “wet blanket.” (Definitely someone you think twice about inviting to your next […]

Activism 2.0 – U of T Magazine column

Activism 2.0 – U of T Magazine column

I dreamed of a lush, green rainforest. The type you see in a Disney movie with an explosion of flora, orangutans climbing the heights of the jungle and a host of dangerous critters. But on the island of Borneo, where I was campaigning against deforestation, this is a fantasy.

Losing Nemo – New Short Film

Losing Nemo – New Short Film

What will we do when the oceans are empty by 2048? This is the question that provoked a group of artists, animators and activists to combine their talents in producing a film called ‘Losing Nemo.’ Dispelling the myth that our oceans are plentiful, Losing Nemo is a six-minute, 3D-animated film about the true state of […]

NYC + Economy 2.0

This weekend I’m attending reRoute in New York City, a youth convergence for the “new economy.” Why does this matter to an environmentalist like me? Quite simply: it’s Activism 2.0 in the making. For my documentary series, I’ve been following the next generation fighting ocean and climate related issues. But for a another component of our generation’s fight, I’m looking at how […]

Global Power Shift

Travelling an hour outside of Istanbul, I met up with the trainers of Global Power Shift as they prepare to launch an ambitious climate campaign. Chart paper and ideas flowing, a global mix of young people are training themselves for the beginning of a new global fight against climate change. Global Power Shift (otherwise called GPS) is a […]

Next Stop #OccupyGezi

I’ve just arrived in Istanbul where the Turkish Spring is still continuing. What started off as an environmental protest to protect the last vestige of green space in Gezi Park has erupted into a nation-wide anti-government movement. The park has turned into a central battleground of resistance against the State. Arriving here, I can immediately […]

When Technology + Activism meet…

Here’s a video from The Black Fish while we were filming their campaign this summer. The video spells out how their using ‘peace drones’ to track and stop illegal driftnet fishing. This is Activism 2.0 in the making…

The Black Fish Campaign – Blog #3

Today was a day for Activism 2.0. The Black Fish campaign took the next level in their investigation into driftnetting by using emerging technology of drones (otherwise called Unmanned Aerial Systems“UAS”) for positive social change. The UAS gives the campaign an extra edge by flying over sea and into harbors to document with a small video camera the […]

The Black Fish Campaign – Blog #2

The scene here at the activist house with The Black Fish has been a world of its own. We have a diverse group, from a banker, an ex-cop to a bus driver. Activism comes in all shapes and sizes. Our host has provided us an apartment on the Mediterranean Coast, but its jammed packed with all of […]

Activism 2.0: On Campaign with The Black Fish (Part 1)

Editors Notes: Activism 2.0 is a series on the emerging tactics, trends and technology that is redefining environmental activism. In this week’s instalment Emily joins The Black Fish in an undercover campaign.  I’ve just arrived in Europe at an undisclosed location joining The Black Fish Crew in an activist house on the coast of the […]