Silver Donald Cameron

An award-winning film by Silver Donald Cameron will be shown in Tatamagouche this month.

“Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World” will be shown at the Tatamagouche Centre at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24, followed by which Cameron will respond to comments and questions. Prior to the showing, the Council of Canadians North Shore chapter will host its annual meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Green Rights is a 67-minute film about the right to a healthy environment. Air, water, food – these are the sources of life. Without them, we die. And in most nations – more than 180 nations, in fact – citizens are legally entitled to these essential elements of life. But not in Canada.

Viewers will see human stories – of passion, courage and love, David and Goliath stories, stories of parents and grandparents battling on behalf of generations not yet born. They will see dedicated citizens cleaning Manila Bay beaches and the air of Amsterdam, restoring the Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires, holding oil companies to account in Ecuador and ending logging in old-growth forests in the Philippines. The audience will see them suing their governments for failing to take decisive action on climate change.

Cameron interviews the world’s greatest experts, and reports on dramas in the courts and on the land, where devoted citizens and courageous lawyers take on national governments and global corporations – and win. It asks, why not in Canada?

The North Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians, with members from Pugwash to Pictou, is sponsoring the viewing. The public is also invited to the annual meeting of the chapter at 6:30 p.m., just before the film, to learn of Council of Canadians activities related to trade, electoral reform and climate change, issues that impact rural Nova Scotians and are not often not addressed by other local organizations.