About THE FIRST GREEN WAVE
In The First Green Wave, Ryan O’Connor traces the rise of the environmental movement in Toronto, home to one of Canada’s earliest communities of environmental activists. At the heart of the story is Pollution Probe, an organization founded in 1969 by students and faculty at the University of Toronto. Living up to its motto ("Do it!") in its first year of operation, Pollution Probe confronted Toronto’s City Hall over its use of pesticides, Ontario Hydro over air pollution, and the detergent industry over pollution of the Great Lakes. The success of these actions inspired the founding of other environmental organizations across Canada and led to the development of initiatives now taken for granted, such as waste reduction and energy policy.
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Ryan O'Connor is a historian of Canada and the environment. Having completed a PhD at the University of Western Ontario, he is an Associate Member of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling (Scotland).
Also by Ryan O'Connor
THE PETE SEEGER INTERVIEW
On September 21, 1999, Ryan O'Connor conducted a wide-ranging interview with folk music icon Pete Seeger. In the course of the interview, Seeger discussed his hopes for humanity, his fears, his music, and his activism. This eBook, which features a complete transcript of the one hour interview, is an insightful look into the life of Pete Seeger, and a must for all true fans.