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who says you cant go back? [Jul. 8th, 2007|07:04 am]
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Local Boy (me) Does Good!
...So I come back to my home town for a few days and look what happens, I end up on the cover of the newspaper (...with no handcuffs!) I mean I came back to help this writer, who was writing about the Montréal Jazz Festival (the biggest festival in the world according to the Guinness people-- world records, not stout). It seems that they were busy saying they are greening the fest, and "an industry leader in their greening ready to show other events how to do it" .... and If that's the industry leader, we're in trouble. Fortunately, they aren't. And the writer knew that, after all he was out on a particular farm in Tennessee last week, and you-know-who gave him a full-on green tour...

at the time he didn't even know i was from Montreal, but when he found out i was Montréalais he asked me to come to the Jazz fest and help him see if the greening was just greenwashing (turns out it was more like green-rinsing, here, read all about it). So I did, and I knew that he was going to reference Bonnaroo as an example of a green show... but I had no idea that it was going to be like this. And above the fold, wow! Thanks Gazette! Thanks Benjamin! Hopefully this will lead to really greening the Jazz Fest ...and the Just Pour Rire ...and any other Montreal green fests (already working on Osheaga)... I miss my city!

[User Picture]From: mira_ianthe
2007-07-08 05:55 pm (UTC)
hey lee!
i hope this really does something good indeed! and how have you been lately? pretty busy it seems?
i wanted to tell you my parents now have solarpanels placed on their roof, i'm excited about it. my mother used to go to see the metres everytime to check which way it would run!
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[User Picture]From: scalarparty
2007-07-09 12:04 pm (UTC)
hey Ianthe!! nice to hear from you, and cool news there with the solar :DD i've been great/busy/having lots of fun, thanks! Sorry i haven't posted too much lateley, i will change that... oh and hey! I think i am going to be in NL at the end of the summer (long story with a really cool technology)!!
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[User Picture]From: scalarparty
2007-07-09 12:07 pm (UTC)
will you be back from Paris?
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[User Picture]From: julia_thorne13
2007-07-10 06:39 pm (UTC)
Hi Lee,
I read this article in the Montreal Gazette (I'm currently live in Montreal) and was stunned. It was an amazing and forceful article...
I also would love to know what kind of university training you went through (did you enter graduate with a bachelors in environmental sciences?).
I'm finishing up my last semester of college studies, and then am off to university and would love to hear from you. I'm still undecided as to whether I should enter environmental sciences (it's been a passion of mine, and a driving force for the way I live my life), or into another scientific field (well, physiology and then medical school).
I'd love just to hear more about what got you to this position you have now, as a "greener".
You can reply to this comment if you have the time, or simply e-mail me at krys_tyna911@hotmail.com
Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: scalarparty
2007-07-11 02:26 pm (UTC)
Hey Julia, thanks!! Always fun to stun! I'm probably a pretty bad person to ask about formal training, i got into this all accidentally. I guess always had an aptitude for sciences but never "applied myself" studied art & film making in uni. but then about 1993 i started making documentaries about climate change solutions (i think they have a copy at John Abbot of one of them: "the Earth changes" (if not there are some links on my LJ), and after a bunch of docs all on the same subject, i just started getting involved in different green businesses... so i guess i studied it in the school of life (but have had the good fortune to meet/interview and work with some amazing peeps over the past 14 yrs who i learned so much from, like L'OEUF in Montreal, MBDC in the US....). The greening sorta came accidentally... one thing led into the next... but i guess just following what feels good to do and believing... thats probably the most important

as for going into greening the planet or being a doctor.. the world needs green doctors just as much as green event coordinators... maybe more!
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