I think this is fantastic.
David Suzuki is going on a cross-Canada tour to find out what average Canadians want the government to do for the environment, and when the 30 day tour is over, he's planning to bring our concerns directly to politicians.
The environment is becoming an increasingly important issue, and if anyone can make our politicians finally listen and hopefully do something, it's David Suzuki, armed with an army of voters.
From the official press release:
"We have an amazing opportunity to ride the current environmental momentum to real change and real action."During the 30-day tour, Dr. Suzuki will visit more than 40 communities, speaking to Canadians from St. John's to Victoria. Many Canadian celebrities will join Dr. Suzuki throughout the tour, from musical performers like Sarah Harmer and k-os, to TV personalities like Rick Mercer, to NHL players like Andrew Ference and Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames.
"Canada is a great democracy, but the process fails if we just complain about issues, without doing anything about them," Dr. Suzuki says."If Canadians really want environmental change, now is the time to demand it because with so much support, our leaders will have to listen."
Dr. Suzuki is also turning to the web and pop culture to engage the masses. Canadians are encouraged to make 20-second"If YOU were Prime Minister..." videos and upload them to the tour's YouTube group through davidsuzuki.org. Celebrities such as Randy Bachman, Raffi, Anne Murray, and winter sport athletes Sara Renner and Thomas Grandi have already left their own video messages.
To see when he'll be visiting a location near you, check out the tour schedule. Tickets are going fast, so get yours soon (I'm hoping the one in my area isn't sold out yet)!
If Raffi were Prime Minister...
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