Blue Dot – Thanks For The Memories

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On April 9, 2018, I am starting a new adventure with the incredible humans at The Gordon Foundation. My two and half years at David Suzuki Foundation have been an amazing journey.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with our Foundation staff and our feisty Ontario Blue Dot crew of six hundred plus grassroots activists, volunteers, local ambassadors and team facilitators. In just two years, they have:

  • Convinced 60 Ontario towns and cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton and Kitchener to recognize our right to live in a healthy environment;
  • Persuaded the province to open our existing (but incomplete) Environmental Bill of Rights for an important update. Nearly 20,000 Ontarians took part in the resulting 120-day public consultation and 99.82% of them recommended including environmental rights within this important law;
  • Successfully lobbied a federal committee to recommend environmental rights be included in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act—the first recommendation of its kind in Canadian history;
  • Had more than 30,000 face-to-face conversations with the public at community events;
  • Presented about environmental rights to more than 500 schools and partnered with more than 50 community partners including First Nations, farmers groups, unions and grassroots NGOs;
  • Hosted 22 town halls, community forums, rallies and other local events from Thunder Bay to Ottawa to Toronto and many points in-between. More than 1500 people participated in a single event last fall and other events had thousands of viewers online;
  • Met with 24 MPPs, 37 MPs, countless municipal leaders, sent letters to dozens of lawmakers and made thousands of constituent phone calls to nearly every federal and provincial politician in our great province;
  • And created thousands of memories, countless new friendships and had way too much fun.

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Around the world 110 countries already recognize their citizens right to live in a healthy environment. Canada isn’t one of those countries. I was shocked when I learned that in 2015. Blue Dot has a plan to change that!

In 1948, Italy was the first country to legally recognize environmental rights. A couple months ago, Ireland became the most recent.

People from all walks of life have come together in support of the simple, yet powerful idea that all Canadians deserve to drink clean water, breath fresh air, eat food grown in safe soil and have a say in environmental decisions that impact their health and community.

Blue Dot, and grassroots initiatives like it, are successfully changing how our law makers think about the environment. I have no doubt that in the next few years the incredible humans of Blue Dot will achieve our shared goal of finally securing a healthier, more secure future for all.

If you’re not already involved, please choose to support Blue Dot today by visiting www.BlueDot.ca.

All the best,

Corrigan

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