5 Local Eco Heroes

Photo: courtesy Winnipeg Free Press/Phil Hossack
Five inspiring Canadians were showcased in the Fall 2008 issue of Green Living magazine for their green stewardship efforts. Below is a snapshot from the original article by Jordy Gold (the full article available through the new Digital Edition format that is sent directly to your mailbox. Sign up here!). Green Living would love to hear your stories about your own local eco heroes, so use the comment feature below and tell us who you know who's making the world a cleaner, greener place! 1) Dr. Janet Eaton is a Wolfville, N.S. native with a PhD in marine biology. She is currently serving as the Sierra Club of Canada's International Liaison to the Corporate Accountability Committee and the Water Privatization Task Force, and is the national co-chair of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. She showed courageous leadership as a community advisor and advocate in the campaign against the building of a quarry and shipping terminal in Digby Neck, N.S. 2) Anders Swanson is a Winnipeg bicycle mechanic at a community-focused cycling shop, as well as the founder of onegreencity.com. The website, which started as a bike map, is now a well-developed resource and planning tool for the city to implement cycling infrastructure with community involvement. 3) Tommy Montpetit has been a project manager for the Quebec-based non-profit Centre d'information sur l'environnement de Longueuil (CIEL). He has been actively involved in creating the recovery plan to save one of the smallest frogs in Canada, the Western Chorus Frog, whose population has been dwindling as a result of development projects. 4) Andrew McCammon is a Toronto-based freelance environmental-project manager who began the Taylor Massey Project in 2003 to battle against the Don River's extreme pollution level. As its founding chair, McCammon has seen the project run dozens of creek-improvement events and presented information briefs to all levels of government for greater protection of the area. 5) Ramona Faust lives in West Kootenay, B.C. in an area that lost its clean-water supply to a logging project. Faust became the spokesperson for a campaign to protect the area along the south shore of Kootenay Lake, half of which was eventually established as a protected area.