Ian Clifford never looked back after purchasing a 40-year old electric car in 1994 for his 8 km daily commute.
In 2006, the Toronto-area entrepreneur sold his internet marketing company, created ZENN Motor Company and began production of electric cars that had a profound impact on the environment. (For those who wonder, ZENN stands for Zero Emission, No Noise and is a completely electric vehicle.)
ZENN cars took less than 8 minutes to fully charge and reached top speeds of 125 km/hour! A great replacement for gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks. While groundbreakers in Canada, transportation regulations forbid the cars to be driven in Ontario and provinces outside of Quebec.
Ian continued his involvement with the production of these green machines until 2010. In 2015, ZENN rebranded to EESTor, changing their manufacturing interest from electric cars to electrical energy storage in an effort to continue the zero-emission cause Ian began twenty years before.
Tzeporah Berman was a teenage art student studying in Europe when she first became aware of environmental degradation – pollution eroding ancient ruins in Greece and huge forests decimated in Germany. Tzeporah returned to Canada to find deforestation also taking place in BC rainforests she had previously not known existed. Tzeporah spurred a movement that ended clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound. She is the co-founder of ForestEthics (now Stand.earth) who took on behemoths like MacMillan Bloedel, Staples and Victoria Secret. Never afraid of a fight, or controversy, Tzeporah continues to work with big companies and governmental bodies serving on the British Columbia Government’s Climate Leadership Team in 2015 and the Alberta Government’s Oil Sands Advisory Group in 2016. In 2011 she released her book, This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge .
World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall thinks giving people hope for the future is key to changing the way we interact with nature and our planet.
Her organization, Roots and Shoots, aims to foster this respect and caring in youth through active
learning and engagement.
With over 50% of the world’s population under 25, there’s a new generation of change-makers on the way. They’re already beginning to sprout changes worldwide with the help of leaders like Jane Goodall.
Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a 12 year old Sliammon First Nation, proves that you can never be too young to become a Green Hero!
Growing up in British Columbia, a love for marine and coastal wildlife came naturally to Ta’Kaiya from an early age. When she learned about the devastating effects that oil spills have on wildlife, their habitats, and even the surrounding coastal First Nation communities, she knew she had to do whatever she could to prevent future oil spills from happening and to protect our precious environment. Ta’Kaiya raises her voice to a generation of youth who know more about their computers and television screens than the nature in their backyard, urging them to take more time to love nature and their environment.
At ten years old, Ta’Kaiya decided to write a song to raise awareness about the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline to be built between the Alberta Tar Sands and Kitimat, B.C. Her song, Shallow Waters , was a semi-finalist in the 2010 David Suzuki Songwriting Contest, Playlist for the Planet. The video for “Shallow Waters” has been viewed over 125,000 times on youtube!
With her determination and creativity, Ta’Kaiya shows us that one person (or child!) can make a difference and make their voice heard. She now spreads her message by traveling the globe to speak and sing at rallies, youth conferences, school assemblies, fundraisers, conferences, and even on the news!
Alexandra Cousteau is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, continuing the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr.
Alexandra founded Blue Legacy International in 2008 with the mission of empowering people to reclaim and restore the world’s water, one community at a time. Alexandra has led Blue Legacy expeditions across 6 continents and produced over 100 award winning short films about water issues around the world, engaging record numbers of people to take action on water conservation issues at home.
Alexandra is fulfilling her mission to inspire people through public events, speaking engagements, community action days, and shaping the conversation on water and ocean issues in the media.