Photo: I hope to see you in person this fall

(Credit: Brendon Purdy)

By David Suzuki

I'm fortunate to have enjoyed many opportunities to explore this great country, and I hope for many more. But I probably only have one grand coast-to-coast tour left in me, and so I'm setting out from September 26 to November 9 to visit communities from St. John's to Victoria, and many stops in between. I'm also inviting some friends to join me — those who have accepted include Neil Young, Gord Downey, Danny Michel, Shane Koyczan, Feist, the Barenaked Ladies, Margaret Atwood, Joel Plaskett, Raffi, Grimes, Jim Cuddy, Gord Downie and more.

It's going to be fun, but there's a serious message behind it all. Canada and the world are facing grave environmental problems, and the only way to resolve them is to get as many people involved in solutions as possible. It's becoming increasingly clear that we can't simply rely on corporate or government leaders to do the right thing. We're lucky in Canada to enjoy some of the cleanest water, air and soil in the world, with an abundance of wildlife, but we can't take them for granted. Pollution kills as many as 36,000 Canadians a year and costs us $100 billion, and half of us live in areas where air quality is often unsafe.

We're setting out on this tour to build a movement of millions of people across the country who want governments at all levels to recognize our right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. It's a bold and exciting plan, and we've heard from Canadians from all walks of life who want to be a part of it.

We're calling it the Blue Dot Tour, named for the picture of Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager I from six billion kilometres away. It's a reminder that we share a small planet with finite resources and that we have to care for it if we want to protect our health and well-being and leave our children and grandchildren a world that allows them to live rewarding and prosperous lives.

This is the most important thing I've ever done. I hope you'll join me.

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