Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and long-time television journalist. His films include The Take and This Changes Everything. He is one of the co-authors of the Leap Manifesto and is the Strategic Director and Co-Founder of The Leap.

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These real crises stand in stark contrast to the invented ones. They are actually happening, transforming our physical world, costing lives and treasure. Whereas the crises that capture headlines day after day — looking at you, oil price differential! — turn out to be wildly exaggerated for cynical political ends. (Photo: Pexels.com) Views
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
The November Crisis
November 2018 will have a special place in the history books — assuming, that is, the future has any time for history, or books. The month of record began right here at National Observer, when a tip from Reclaim Alberta’s Regan Boychuk resulted in one of the greatest Canadian revelations ever… of...
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This is the most hopeful note: more and more people are coming to the conclusion that this escalating crisis, ever-harder to deny, can galvanize change on the scale that is really needed.(Photo: The Leap) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time to Use Our Fear as Fuel: Three Takeaways from the IPCC's New Report
The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is out, and it is a dramatic development . The threat advisory from the world’s scientific climate community just went from orange to flashing red. But here’s the key takeaway: limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is still possible, and...
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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Why Most Of What You Think You Know About The Paris Climate Deal Is Wrong: An Annotated News Story
With a little distance from the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, it’s clear that the meaning of the deal struck there is deeply contested. From the euphoric pronouncements of politicians like U.S. President Obama (this is “the best chance we have to save the one planet that we’ve got”) to the...
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Monday, October 26, 2015
Trudeau Is Less Liberal Than You Think
Our inboxes runneth over with congratulations from American friends. “Pleasure to be able to look north without wincing,” “we’re all thrilled to have regained our sensible neighbors to the north,” “Goodbye Stephen ‘Keystone XL’ Harper.” And then there was this from England: “you now officially have...
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Friday, October 16, 2015
'Be Joyful, Though You Have Considered the Facts'
[ Editor's note: Several weeks ago, ahead of the U.S. premiere of his new film, This Changes Everything , journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis spoke with Common Dreams via phone to discuss the documentary inspired by the book of the same name, written by his wife Naomi Klein. Some of that discussion...
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Our Power: Battling Austerity with a Bold Green Vision
Avi Lewis delivered the opening keynote at the 9 th annual Advocacy Conference of Public Interest Alberta , entitled “A Just and Fair Alberta: Making It Happen,” on April 9 in Edmonton. PIA “exists to foster an understanding of the importance of public spaces, services and institutions in Albertans...
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