24 September 2000 - As a lead-up to the United Nations Climate Summit in November, the David Suzuki Foundation launched a punchy new website (pictured left) on 21 September that lets Canadians tell the Prime Minister to take action on climate change and air pollution.
At a media conference in Toronto, David Suzuki was joined by Bruce Cockburn, Shift Magazine publisher Andrew Heintzman, and Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip who used the website to fax their concerns directly to the Prime Minister and their premiers.
"It's been three long years of stalling since Canada agreed to the Kyoto Protocol," said David Suzuki, well-known broadcaster and scientist. "The country is trying to weaken the agreement to avoid reducing greenhouse gas emissions at home. The lack of positive action is placing our international reputation at risk."
"We're kicking off an innovative campaign to help Canadians speak out on the need for strong action by government to protect our climate and clean our air," he added. "Canada must meet its international commitment on climate change and be a leader for global solutions."
The website allows Canadians to directly fax Prime Minister Jean Chretien, and their premiers, and to download campaign materials such as postcards to political leaders and stickers designed for computer mouses. Basic educational information on climate change, links to more extensive climate information sites and a "Canadian climate quiz" are other features of the site.
For more information, please read the press release on the Suzuki Foundation website or visit the new website at http://www.clickforcleanair.org
Source: Audrey Pearson.