My name is Deb Brown. I am an average Canadian. I am contacting you to
ask you to consider speaking out.
There are some major environmental issues currently occurring in our country,
and I myself can no longer just get angry at home. I must speak out
against the wrongness I perceive.
Below is a letter which I have sent to appropriate governmental
representatives, including the Prime Minister., and to newspapers.
Below my letter is a letter I received from David Suzuki last week.
I am hoping that my voice will be one of many, so I send it to you in the hopes
you will relate, and will send your own letter(s). We have voices lets
Below are the email addresses of appropriate politicians, including the prime
minister. Please feel free to add more. Please tell others.
Thank you for your time.
I need to express my strong, very very very strong anger at the current things
the government of Canada is doing with environmental issues.
It is wrong to suppress valid environmental concerns for corporate
reasons. I understand our economy is important, but not at all
costs. I am angry at our government attempting to portray those who
oppose the Northern Gateway Pipeline as anti-Canadian. How dare
you. Our economy would benefit from wise use of our
resources, with a long term plan for sustainability , and should include
environmental safety. I gather our Prime Minister is currently pursuing
foreign investors in our mining sector, promising low taxes and a
streamlined process which negates environmental concerns, saying “we
cannot allow valid environmental protection to be used as an excuse to trap
It is wrong to attack environmental groups, and attempt to undo their legal
status, and to attempt to demonize them as radical groups. It is not
democratic. they represent me and many other Canadians. I am
not at all radical. I just love the environment. Many large
charities have international partnerships and funding sources, including the
Red Cross, Unicef, World Wildlife Fund, etc, as many world issues including the
environment are global issues. I am so angry that our government is
attacking the David Suzuki Foundation, and David personally – he is one
of Canada’s most respected people. I wish he was our prime
minister. I think our government underestimates the support and respect Canadians
have for him and his foundation.
It seems this current government decides what they want to do, and does it, no
matter who they have to hurt, and what laws they have to change to their own
benefit. A do what I say, or I will hurt you badly kind of mentality. Like
a bully. I have never been so ashamed to be Canadian. We are not
all stupid, and this government with its strong coercive techniques and
bending/changing of our laws to suit their own goals shames us all.
I hope the Conservative party loses in the next election.
an average Canadian
Some of you may have seen media coverage about my decision to step off the board of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation. I am writing to tell you more about this and what it means.
After my children and grandchildren, my greatest pride is the David Suzuki Foundation.
I am fiercely proud of how the Foundation brings science and solutions to environment problems. I’m determined to ensure that the Foundation continues to have the ability to solve critical environmental issues and bring hope for the future.
But I have reached a point in my life where I would like to consider myself an elder. I want to speak freely without fear that my words will be deemed too political, and harm the organization of which I am so proud. I am keenly aware that some governments, industries and special interest groups are working hard to silence us. They use threats to the Foundation’s charitable status in attempts to mute its powerful voice on issues that matter deeply to you and many other Canadians.
This bullying demonstrates how important it is to speak out.
The Foundation’s science-based, solutions-oriented research and educational work has enriched our democracy and reflected Canadian values for two decades. While not always happily received by governments or industrial interests, this work is strictly non-partisan, as required by the laws governing charities, and has made the Foundation one of the most trusted environmental voices in Canada.
Our opponents, however, are redoubling their efforts to marginalize the Foundation by getting at me, personally.
So last year, I made the decision to step off the board of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation. I remain one of its most active volunteers and committed major donors. This way I can fulfill my personal mission and the Foundation can continue to build on its inspiring work—for us and our grandchildren—in finding solutions to our shared, and very real, environmental challenges.
I hope you understand this decision and will continue to show your, steadfast support for my work in this concrete way:
Please share this letter with your family and friends and, at this critical moment, invite them to become supporters of the David Suzuki Foundation, by joining our online community or donating today.