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WHAT CAN ONE PERSON DO?

Trudeau Rooftop Garden"What Can One Person Do?" began as a TEDx talk created in response to the despairing question of a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

 "The problems are so huge," she said, "so various, so overwhelming. What can one person do?"

As a matter of fact, one person can do an amazing amount. This keynote presents stories and video clips of astonishing people from The Green Interview whose lives and careers constitute a stirring response to that question. 

In this talk, the audience meets,  among others

  • an Icelander who has single-handedly ended most commercial fishing for Atlantic salmon
  • an Englishman who builds hydrogen-powered cars and aims to reform the whole automobile industry
  • a Dutch woman who forced the Netherlands government to honour its climate-change commitments
  • a Canadian who has created the world’s first commercial organic rooftop farm
  • a Bengali educator who turns peasant grandmothers into solar engineers and entrepreneurs
  • a British scientist whose work on chimpanzees changed our understanding of human beings
  • an Irishman who abandoned the use of money – and now has 43,000 followers in 168 nations
  • an Ecuadorian who won a $9.5 billion lawsuit against Chevron for polluting the Amazon.

These bold, pioneering social adventurers are a tonic for the spirit and an antidote to despair -- and that's what this surprising and entertaining keynote is designed to provide.

What can one person do? One person can change the world.

And that one person can be you.

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The original TEDx talk can be streamed at http://ow.ly/XmgoO   ​Some of the people in it are included in the book Warrior Lawyers: From Manila to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth and the 67-minute feature documentary film, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. The book and film are part of the Green Rights project (www.GreenRights.com). The trailer for the Green Rights film can be screened here:  http://ow.ly/er1330gE7cZ  and a private link to stream the film is available on request.

A screening of the film, and/or a deeply discounted bulk purchase of the book can be packaged together with the presentation.

Format: 20-35 minute keynote, with Q&A if desired.

This program is perfect for:

  • Student audiences
  • Environmental organizations
  • Anyone who needs to be reminded of the power of the individual to effect change

The audience members will leave with:

  • A renewed sense of their own agency and authority
  • A set of inspiring stories about environmental successes from all over the world
  • A refreshed sense of hope about the future of the planet

 

To book Silver Donald Cameron as a speaker, contact The Atlantic Speakers Bureau or LimeLight Communications Group.

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