Transcript: Taking Care of Tomorrow Today | Apr 20, 1990

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Outside a diner, a man reads the paper, another man juggles and a magician plays tricks. The name “The science Café” appears in neon lights on one of the windows. Inside, the waitress shows a menu that reads “The Science Café proudly offers food for thought. Fragile Nature Forum. Taking care of tomorrow today. Producer and director: Michael Kushner. Researcher: Nadine Galszechy.”

A caption reads “Robert Hornung. Friends of the Earth.”

Robert is in his thirties, clean-shaven and with short wavy light brown hair. He wears glasses, a light gray suit, white shirt and striped gray tie.

He says AS WE ENTER THE 1990s,
I THINK WE'RE REALLY AT
A TURNING POINT IN TERMS OF
THE EARTH'S SURVIVABILITY.
THE WORLD IN 2000 IS
GOING TO BE A VERY,
VERY DIFFERENT PLACE,
NO MATTER WHAT WE DO.
BUT, THE SOONER WE TAKE
ACTION AND THE MORE ACTION
THAT WE TAKE NOW TO
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT,
THE MORE HOSPITABLE AND
SAFE IT'S GOING TO BE,
THE LESS WE'LL HAVE
TO TOTALLY CHANGE OUR
LIFESTYLES AND THE WAY
WE ACT AND KEEP GOING.

The caption changes to “Monte Hummel. World Wildlife Fund.”

Monte is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven and with short straight graying hair. He wears a white shirt and a black leather jacket.

He says IT'S NOT A MATTER OF
ASKING PEOPLE TO ACT
AGAINST THEIR
SELF-INTERESTS WHEN
IT COMES TO DOING THINGS
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT,
IT'S A MATTER OF ASKING
THEM TO DO THINGS
THAT ARE IN THEIR
SELF-INTEREST.
WE ARE LEARNING, LEARNING
RATHER BRUTALLY,
THAT IT'S OUR SURVIVAL
THAT IS AT STAKE
IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

The caption changes to “Robert Redhead. Tricil/Limited.”

Robert is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven and with short straight brown hair. He wears glasses, a blue suit, pale blue shirt and patterned tie.

He says ALL OF US AS
INDIVIDUALS IN SOCIETY
HAVE TO RECOGNIZE WE
HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY
AND WE HAVE TO
UNDERTAKE AND ACCEPT
THAT RESPONSIBILITY, PASS
THAT KIND OF AWARENESS
ON TO OUR CHILDREN
AND, IN FACT,
I THINK IT'S WORKING
IN THE OTHER WAY,
THE CHILDREN ARE
PASSING IT ON TO US.

The caption changes to “Fausto Pedrazzini. Scientific Attaché. Embassy of Italy.”

Fausto is in his late thirties, clean-shaven and with short straight graying hair. He wears a blue suit, white shirt and burgundy tie.

HE says FIGHTING AGAINST
POLLUTION STARTS FROM
OURSELVES DIRECTLY.
STARTING WITH NOT THROWING
AWAY PAPERS OR MANAGING
OUR LIVES TO CONSIDER
THE ENVIRONMENT
AS ONE OF OUR
MAIN RESOURCES.

The caption changes to “Tracy Patterson. Ontario Waste Management Corporation.”

Tracy is in her mid-thirties, with short wavy brown hair. She wears a black turtleneck sweater.

She WE SHOULD BE WILLING
TO CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOUR
DRASTICALLY IF WE WANT
TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN
THE KIND OF FUTURE THAT WE
WOULD LIKE THEM TO HAVE.
WE CAN NO LONGER BE
OBSESSED WITH CONSUMERISM,
WITH HAVING THE BIGGER
HOUSE AND MORE CARS.
WE HAVE TO LEARN TO
RESTRICT OUR CONSUMPTION
AND TO SAVE ENERGY
WHERE POSSIBLE.
WE HAVE TO LEARN TO SETTLE
FOR LESS AND TO BE HAPPY
WITH IT, IF WE WANT TO HAVE
CLEAN AIR AND FRESH WATER.

The caption changes to “Peter Scott-Smith. Canadian Earth Energy Association.”

Peter is in his late forties, with short wavy gray hair and a moustache.
He wears a blue suit, white shirt, polka dotted tie and pocket handkerchief.

He says NOBODY'S EVER HURT
THEMSELVES BY SAVING,
WHETHER IT'S FINANCIALLY
OR ENVIRONMENTALLY.
WE HAVE TO START TO LEARN
TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT NOW
THROUGH CONSERVATION AND
THROUGH OTHER MEASURES.
I'M NOT ADVOCATING THAT WE
START RADICAL EXERCISES
AT THIS MOMENT AND TIME,
BUT WE HAVE TO START.
WE HAVE TO START
SOMEWHERE,
WE HAVE TO BELIEVE
IN CONSERVATION.
AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
THAT CONSERVATION
CAN BE SEXY, WHICH WILL
SURPRISE MOST PEOPLE.

The caption changes to “Tyler Norris. The Windstar Foundation.”

Tyler is in his late thirties, clean-shaven and with short straight dark blond hair. He wears a tweed suit, white shirt and burgundy tie.

He say YOU CAN'T MAKE ANYBODY DO
ANYTHING AND SO THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING IS TO SHOW
PEOPLE WHAT THE NATURE
OF THE ISSUES ARE.
AND TO SHOW THEM HOW
IT REALLY RELATES
TO THEM IN THEIR LIFE.
AND THEN, CREATE MAYBE A
MENU OR A RANGE OF OPTIONS
ABOUT HOW PEOPLE
MIGHT BE ABLE TO
MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.

The caption changes to “Vicky Husband. Sierra Club of Western Canada.”

Vicky is in her fifties, with short wavy gray hair with bangs. She wears a black and white jacket, white shirt and a pendant necklace.

She says THINK IT REALLY COMES
DOWN TO WHO IS PAYING
FOR THE DEGRADATION
OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.
AND IT'S US.
IT'S WE, IT'S
OUR CHILDREN,
OUR GRANDCHILDREN.
SO, WE KNOW NOW WHAT
THE FOREST INDUSTRY
IS DOING IN BRITISH
COLUMBIA IS WRONG.
THE EXTENT OF
THE CLEAR-CUTS;
WE SEE THEM CLEAR-CUTTING
24 HOURS A DAY.
THEY ARE RUSHING TO
GET IT BEFORE, WE,
THE PUBLIC, WAKE UP AND SEE
THAT OUR TREASURE HOUSE
IS BEING STOLEN BEFORE OUR
VERY EYES OR UNDERNEATH
OUR EYES AND WE DON'T
KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.
SO, WE HAVE TO WAKE UP
EVEN MORE AND SAY,
LOOK, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
WE DON'T LIKE THE WAY IT'S
BEING HANDLED AND WE HAVE
TO TAKE A STAND ON WHAT WE
WANT TO SEE IN THE FUTURE.

The caption changes to “Lynda Lynch. Environment Watch.”

Lynda is in her mid-forties, with long wavy gray hair in a low bun. She wears a blue blazer, white blouse and a pair of pearl earrings.

She says I THINK THAT THE GREATEST
DANGER FACING US,
QUITE APART FROM THE
ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS SCENARIO,
IS THE FACT THAT
PEOPLE TEND TO BEGIN
TO FEEL FRIGHTENED AND
HELPLESS WHEN YOU PAINT
DOOM-AND-GLOOM SCENARIOS.
AND I THINK IT'S VERY
IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE
REALIZE THAT THEY CAN
EMPOWER THEMSELVES,
THEY CAN EMPOWER THEIR
KIDS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
FOR EXAMPLE, ANOTHER
PROGRAM THAT OUR
NON-PROFIT DIVISION
IS REALLY PROMOTING
IS CHILDREN'S FORESTS.
WE ARE STRIVING TO PLANT
A TREE FOR EVERY CHILD
IN THE CANADIAN SCHOOL SYSTEM
OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.
WE WANT THE KIDS TO
PLANT THESE TREES.
IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT
THAT WE DON'T FREEZE
INTO A MOBILIZING
ANXIETY.
THAT WE GO FORWARD
WITH POSITIVE,
CONCRETE THINGS WE CAN
DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

“The caption changes to “Fergal Nolan. Canadian Institute for Radiation Safety.”

Fergal is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven and with short wavy white hair. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, patterned tie and a pair of glasses.

He says IT'S NOT THE TIME NOW
FOR MERELY PROTESTS AND
SHOUTING ABOUT THE
THING, NOW'S THE TIME
FOR HARD WORK
AND COOPERATION.
IT'S IN ALL OUR
INTERESTS TO DO SO,
AND WE SIMPLY
HAVE TO DO IT.
SO, WE MUST
COOPERATE.

“The caption changes to “Tom Lyons. CIDA Global Education Project.”

Tom is in his mid-forties, with short receding straight brown hair and a beard. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and magenta tie.

He says WE HAVE
NOWHERE TO GO.
WE HAVE TO, IN A SENSE,
PERSONALIZE AND DIRECT
ALL OUR ENERGIES TOWARDS THE
ENVIRONMENT AS PART OF US.
WE'RE PART OF THE EARTH,
THE EARTH IS PART OF US.

“The caption changes to “Noel Brown. United Nations Environmental Program.”

Noel is in his late forties, clean-shaven and with short curly black hair. HE wears a black suit, white shirt and patterned black tie.

He says WE NEED TO MOBILIZE
ALL SECTORS OF SOCIETY
AT THIS TIME.
FROM THE ARTS AND MEDIA,
FROM THE SCIENTIFIC
AND TECHNICAL, FROM
THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL
COMMUNITY, FROM THE
INDUSTRIAL SECTOR,
IT'S A TOTAL
MOBILIZATION.
WE'VE GOT TO PUT OURSELVES
ON A WAR FOOTING
TO MOVE AS QUICKLY
AS WE NEED TO,
TO DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS
OF THE CRISIS OF THE EARTH.
IT'S A NEW
CHALLENGE TO US.
BUT I AM ENCOURAGED THAT
WE MAY BE APPROACHING
A CONSENSUAL MOMENT
ON THIS EARTH,
WHERE SUDDENLY THE WORLD
APPEARS TO BE SAYING
THE SAME THING.
AND IF THIS
CONSENSUS HOLDS,
THEN IT MIGHT
PROVIDE US THE BASIS
FOR CLEAR AND VERY
THOUGHTFUL, POSITIVE ACTION
THAT MIGHT HELP US AS A SPECIES
TO SURVIVE AND PROTECT
THIS PLANET FOR OURSELVES
AND FUTURE GENERATION.

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A slate appears with the caption “For more information, write to Sierra Club of Western Canada. 314-620 View Street. Victoria, B.C, VSW 1J4. Environment Watch. 117 Morse Street. Toronto, Ontario M4M 2P9. Sierra Club of Western Canada. 314-620. View Street. Victoria, B.C. VSW 1J4.”

Another caption reads “A production of TV Ontario. The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. 1990.”

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