Photo: It takes a community to build a movement

By David Suzuki

It's been a phenomenal fall for me. My youngest daughter, Sarika, gave birth to a baby boy, and the foundation I co-founded with my wife, Tara, gave birth to a movement. I had nothing to do with the former — although I couldn't be happier to have another grandchild. The Blue Dot Tour and the movement it is intended to start was exhilarating, especially as it may have been the last major cross-country tour I will take part in. I hope it will serve as a gift to my children and grandchildren.

After all, it is clear to anyone who looks closely at the world and our place in it that we need to make changes. With our exploding populations and technological might, we are altering the planet on a geological scale. We are polluting and destroying the very things we need to survive and be healthy: air, water, productive soil and diverse nature and natural services. But it doesn't have to be this way. Surely we have the intelligence, foresight, imagination and technology to live within the limits imposed by our finite planet.

The Blue Dot Tour introduced me and my colleagues to so many people across Canada who care for our country, our families and friends, our fellow Canadians and the planet we all call home. It has inspired me, and I know it has inspired many others.

For me, the tour was a significant event during the most important part of my life. At my age, I've learned a lot and believe I have a responsibility to pass on the lessons I've learned to young people. I can now give my money, time and support to causes that matter to me. I hope other elders will join me.

And I hope all of you will join us in whatever way you can — through your donations, by volunteering your time or by working with others in your community to protect the people and places you love. This may be the most important work I have ever done. I hope you agree. We only have one planet. Let's take care of it.