The recent passing of Farley Mowat has left a deep void in environmental crusades, says local activist Mary Gorman.
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Mary Gorman and Farley Mowat
The Merigomish resident said after the passing of 92-year-old Mowat on Tuesday that she is saddened by the news and the world has lost a passionate voice for the earth.
âHe was absolutely dynamic, brilliant, original, an absolute character and incredible to talk to,â she said. âHis mind kept you hopping the whole time. He didnât mince words at all. He was quite a character.â
Gorman first met Mowat a few years ago when they were both selected to be Green Heroes that filmed short documentaries on people who were making a difference in the environment.
Although known best for this literary work, Mowatt was also an activist and who encouraged people to love in unison with nature because both depended on each other to survive.
Gorman visited his Cape Breton home with a documentary crew and a box of lobsters in 2012 and he quickly put them all to work in getting the shells opened.
âWe brought a bunch of lobsters and he sent us to work cracking them outside,â she said. âHe basically handed me a hammer and said, âget to itâ. â
âHe was absolutely dynamic, brilliant, original, an absolute character and incredible to talk to." Mary Gorman
After their meeting, Gorman said she would keep in touch with Mowat by phone or mail because he never entered the world of technology or email.
âI recently intended to send mail to him because that is what he liked,â she said. âHe didnât believe in email or computers. He worked on the same typewriter he had for a very long time.â
Gorman said he was supporter of the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition, a group she helped found in protest over oil drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
âHe was fearless,â she said. âHe didnât bow down to authority and he could not be bought. He didnât care if it was trendy or popular, he didnât compromise. â
Gorman said she hopes he didnât hear the news that the Newfoundland Petroleum Board was recently given the go ahead for gas exploration in the Gulf.
âThis really would have upset him,â she said.
Gorman and Mowatâs Green Hero documentaries can be viewed the website, greenheroes.tv