By Ian Hanington
David Suzuki says it's the most important thing he's ever done. And you can be part of it.
This fall, David Suzuki and Foundation staff and volunteers will join prominent Canadians and well-known musicians on a cross-country tour to build a movement to give all Canadians the legal right to live in a healthy environment.
From September 26 to November 9, the Blue Dot Tour will cross the country, celebrating Canadians' desire to protect the people and places we love on this small blue dot we call home.
Musicians joining David Suzuki on-stage include Joel Plaskett and Jenn Grant in Halifax; Gord Downie, Chantal Kreviazuk and the Barenaked Ladies in Toronto; Burton Cummings and Royal Canoe in Winnipeg; Bruce Cockburn in Saskatoon and Regina; Jim Cuddy in Calgary and Edmonton; and Neil Young, Raine Maida, Gord Downie, Feist, Grimes, the Barenaked Ladies and more in Vancouver. Renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan will also take part in many events, along with Margaret Atwood, Brent Butt, Ovide Mercredi and more.
We live in an exceptional country, with amazing people and spectacular landscapes. But we need to protect and improve what we have. As many as 36,000 Canadians die every year from exposure to environmental hazards, and half of us live in areas with unsafe air pollution levels. Cancer rates are rising and we have no national standards to ensure our drinking water is safe. As well as putting people at risk, pollution costs Canada as much as $100 billion a year.
During the tour, we're inviting Canadians from all walks of life to join the rising tide of people across the country who want our right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food legally recognized at all levels of government. The aim is not to get in the way of industry but to start a meaningful national conversation about the kind of country we want. After all, Canadians deserve production and trade that meets or exceeds world-class standards.
And we're going to have fun! Check www.bluedot.ca for dates and times in your area and join millions of Canadians who are taking extraordinary steps to protect our right to a healthy environment!