When we launched the Blue Dot Tour in 2014, we never dreamed this movement would receive such widespread support. More than 105,000 people, 25,000 volunteers and 150 communities have signed on to the Blue Dot movement. We can’t stop now. It’s time to let members of Parliament know about this support, as they can make a federal bill reality. We need to keep organizing, knocking on doors, sharing the Blue Dot pledge, meeting with MPs and using innovative digital tools to make our voices heard. We have to demonstrate widespread support to achieve a federal environmental bill of rights. “What do you get the country that has it all for its 150th birthday? A bill of rights that will ensure protection of its natural assets for generations to come is a great start,” said David Suzuki (Canadian Geographic and The Walrus special issue). This year we will continue to build momentum — online and in key ridings across the country — with the goal of having a federal environmental bill of rights introduced by the end of 2017.
Here are a few things we have planned for 2017:
- Ground-level organizing in key federal ridings across the country, including canvassing and public events
- A national network of Blue Dot Ambassadors who will keep this issue in front of their MPs
- A report card on the status of drinking water advisories in First Nations’ communities (February)
- A revamped BlueDot.ca website, featuring innovative new tools to engage with your MP
- A National Day of Action on World Environment Day (June 5)
- Working with MPs to introduce a gold-standard federal environmental bill of rights
We look forward to working with you during this crucial next step in the campaign, whether it be in your community or online. Together we can make history! – Peter, Blue Dot campaign manager
Meet Your Blue Dot Team
It is my pleasure to introduce you to the team that will be working with you to ensure everyone in Canada has the right to clean air and water, safe food and a say in the decisions that affect our health and well-being.
Peter Wood, Campaign Manager
I joined the Blue Dot team in July 2016. For over 18 years, I’ve worked on a variety of issues at the nexus of environmental and human rights, both within Canada and internationally. I was inspired to join the Blue Dot movement because it presents an opportunity to change the “rules of the game” and improve environmental outcomes across the board. After spending many years reacting to various proposals for mines, clearcuts, pipelines and dams, it has become apparent that we need to rise above this to think proactively, and have our environmental values reflected in the rights that all people across Canada enjoy. I’m excited to be working with a great team and such a dedicated network of volunteers.
Alaya Boisvert, Government Relations Manager
I joined the David Suzuki Foundation in 2014 and campaign for the right to a healthy environment because our survival and prosperity rely on healthy ecosystems. I am deeply inspired by the commitment of people from across Canada who are standing together for environmental rights. I am excited to collaborate with volunteers, partners and decision-makers to realize the shared goal of a federal environmental bill of rights. I have worked on partnership building, Indigenous rights and policy development both domestically and abroad. When not advocating for environmental law, I can often be found bounding along beaches and forest trails with my spirited daughter.
Lisa Gue, Senior Researcher and Analyst
I joined the David Suzuki Foundation in 2007 and am just back to work after a maternity leave. Over the past decade, I have worked on a range of issues that profile connections between human health and the environment, including pesticides, air quality, toxics in consumer products and environmental rights. With two small children, I am more passionate than ever about ensuring the right to a healthy environment. I’m a lifelong environmentalist and David Suzuki fan, so I feel very fortunate to be working with DSF. I love my job! I am based in Ottawa and have a background in public policy.
Cameron Esler, Trainer
I am a father, educator, policy analyst, filmmaker, aspiring Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing and human canvas (see picture). I am tickled blue from head to toe about achieving the right to a healthy environment because I believe environmental rights are human rights. To achieve a just world we need to ensure that all communities have clean water and a stable climate. It is an honour to work with amazing people from coast to coast to coast, and I am confident that together we can seize this opportunity to achieve a better future for all.
Cam Cheema, Quebec Organizer and Trainer
I began my career in New York City in the late ’90s and have almost two decades of experience working in U.S. and Canadian social justice sectors, developing education and harm-reduction programs for underserviced youth, the homeless and other vulnerable communities. I relocated to Montreal five years ago and joined the Blue Dot team in 2014. As someone who cares deeply about education, community and human rights, I am thrilled to be a part of this movement. We’ve already made history, and I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.
Corrigan Hammond, Ontario Organizer
I am thrilled to be celebrating my first year as part of this incredible team. Blue Dot had an amazing 2016 in Ontario: More than 400 people volunteered as part of our 120-day campaign to strengthen Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights. We met with 22 members of the provincial Parliament and mobilized nearly 20,000 people to call on government to strengthen this legislation. If you’ve ever taken part in our Ontario Leaders Network conference calls, you’ve probably heard an inspirational message or two from my four-year-old son, Winston. Like many of you, I became involved in our movement because I firmly believe that my son’s generation deserves a healthy planet and a boundless future.
Isabelle Czerveniak, Western Organizer
Born and raised here on the Canadian west coast and fortunate enough to have experienced extensive world travel, I am certain I live in the most beautiful place on Earth. You can find me skinning up the mountains in the winter, enjoying festivals in the summer and biking around the city on the in-between days. Connecting with our natural environment is crucial for us all to be able to live active, healthy and mindful lives. My passion lies in engaging community in fun and innovative ways and I am extremely motivated to be a part of driving our communities towards an environmental bill of rights. As Canadians, we have proven that we can rise to the occasion when it really matters and I’m excited to see what is possible when we unite and stand for our right to a clean environment.
Alan Worsley, Communications Specialist
I joined Blue Dot in February 2017 to help campaign for the right to a healthy environment. I have a background in both scientific research and the news – so I love sharing those little ‘Eureka!’ moments when you suddenly understand how some part of the world works — which is why I’m Blue Dot’s communications specialist! I’m proud to be a part of this movement because I believe we owe it to future generations to ensure there is clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink and a stable climate to inhabit. And what better way to do that than to establish a federal environmental bill of rights? It’s incredibly exciting to be working with people across the country to help make that happen.
Pauline-Marie Paramo, Digital Communications Coordinator
I am a French digital native who is passionate about environmental protection, social media and the arts. I am strongly convinced that digital engagement can lead to real world actions to protect our planet, which is why I’m Blue Dot’s digital communications guru! When I’m old and grey, I want to be able to look back and be proud of the work we have done to protect the people and places we love.