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As we approach the first screening of Powerful: Energy for Everyone,  Producer-Director David Chernushenko is making a number of local media appearances. See his June 8 “A-Morning” show interview on June 1, 2010.

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A lot of people want to live their lives in a way that’s kind to the Earth and to the people on it, but they have no clue how.

Enter Ottawa environmentalist David Chernushenko, armed with his first environmental documentary, Be The Change, which will get its premiere screening tomorrow night at the Bell Theatre in Carleton University’s Minto Centre.

Living lightly
By Charles Enman, Ottawa Citizen
Published: Thursday, June 19, 2008


Adrian Harewood interviews David Chernushenko about Be the Change.

All in a Day

CBC Radio
Aired: Tuesday, June 17, 2008


After years of being considered the proverbial Chicken Little, David Chernushenko has to bite his tongue to avoid saying “I told you so.”

Former Green finds new outlet for old message
By Laura Czekaj, Ottawa Sun
Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2008


As a dutiful parent and temporary “home schooling” teacher, I just had to ask my daughter that pedagogical question: “What did you like most about Venice?”

What did you like most about Venice, my dear? No cars!
By David Chernushenko, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2008


It’s Earth Day: time for the ritual flogging of modern industrial consumer society. Greedy humans! Polluters! Sinners! Now it’s time for the compulsory doomsday list:

This year, I’ll spare you the Earth Day flogging
By David Chernushenko, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I’ll begin with a confession: I’ve been blowing by historical landmarks and bypassing tourist attractions in Europe in search of bikestands. Let me explain. I recently tagged along to Lyon, France, with my wife, a professor of linguistics. While she was in lecture halls, I spent my time filming trams and photographing bicycles. But not just any kind of bicycle. I was on the hunt for the Velo’v, one of the roughly 3,000 bikes that can be found 24/7 at 345 stations in the city of 1.7 million.

Spin City
By David Chernushenko, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008


Canadians are constantly being told to “Go Green.” Problem is, the deceptively simple catch-phrase is light on specifics. How exactly does one go green? And say you started by changing a light bulb, what do you do next?

“Most Canadians understand that they have to live more sustainable lifestyles, but they’re not sure how or where to start,” explains David Chernushenko. “The other night I was at a party and this woman asked me, “Where should I start? What should I do?’”

These are questions the former Green Party member is hoping to answer with The Living Lightly Project, a documentary and lecture series which also includes a website (

‘Where should I start? What should I do?’
By Matt Harrison, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Sunday, February 10, 2008


As we enter 2008, we are again being bombarded by stark and sometimes apocalyptic warnings about climate change, ecological degradation, human suffering and social upheaval. While these stories are, unfortunately, far too true, they are also, fortunately, only one side of the story. What is too often missing from the news, the images and the information we receive, is the inspiring, hopeful and equally true stories of positive change.

2008 — A Year for Living Lightly
By David Chernushenko, The OSCAR Review
Published: January 2008
[FULL STORY - pdf]

At the beginning of November, I had lunch with David Chernushenko, one of Ottawa’s best-known environmentalists. Two weeks later, I was in a meeting with Tom Donnelly, the local car dealer. There were points at which the two conversations took on a surreal similarity.

If there’s a tipping point for environmentalism, I’m pretty sure Ottawa just went over the edge.

The Green Middle
Kate Heartfield, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
[FULL STORY - pdf]