Everyone’s favourite environmentalist, David Suzuki, is embarking on what may be his last speaking tour, the “Blue Dot Tour,” and he’s bringing a number of Canadian icons along with him for the ride, including musicians Feist, Bruce Cockburn, Grimes, and Neil Young, kid’s singer Raffi, as well as author Margaret Atwood.
Barenaked Ladies and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddyare also confirmed to be performing at one of the 20 stops on the tour.
The Blue Dot Tour is intended to make Canadians aware that they’re entitled to basic rights to a healthy environment.
“The amount of CO2 coming out of the tarsands industrial sites is equal to every car in Canada every day,” Young said at a press conference in January (Georgia Straight). “It’s like two cars on the road for every one. That’s what’s happening there. That’s not the way to end global warming.” Dave Collyer, president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, responded that Young’s comments were “irresponsible,” “inflammatory,” and “a disservice to Canadians.”
Shows are scheduled from coast to coast, kicking off on September 24th in St. John’s, Newfoundland and then wrapping up in Vancouver. “This is a coming-together of people from all across Canada who are standing in this one common cause,” Michiah Prull, Director of Communications and Public Engagement for the David Suzuki Foundation, told the Georgia Straight. “That is, we all have this basic fundamental right to the bare necessities of a life of dignity and health. Our right to healthy water, our right to fresh air, our right to food: that’s what this is all about.”
For a complete listing of stops for David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour, click here.
Photo: David Suzuki Foundation