On the ground: Black Out Speak Out
On Monday, we told the federal government that we will not be silenced when Canada's nature and democracy are at stake.
On June 4, we stood shoulder to shoulder with thousands of Canadians and more than 500 groups — including small businesses and social justice, First Nations and labour organizations — to tell the federal government that we will not stay silent as our rich natural legacy and free, open society are threatened by the budget bill, C-38.
We darkened our website on Monday in a symbolic protest of this attack on nature and democracy. But our action doesn’t end there. Together with our allies, we will speak out for as long as it takes, demanding that the laws that protect people and the environment we all count on are made stronger, not weaker.
Why is Bill C-38, which weighs in at 400-plus pages, bad news for Canadians? This article, co-authored with our friends at the David Suzuki Foundation, offers an overview of the chill the budget bill has put on Canadians who care about the environment and our right to protect it:
Among other things, Bill C-38 replaces the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, gives the government power to override recommendations from independent experts, weakens the environmental review process to speed up approvals and shuts citizen groups out of reviews for pipelines and other industrial projects. The bill changes or repeals almost every major federal environmental law, amounting to a massive deregulation of environmental protection in Canada. And when the laws that protect our health and our planet are weak, we are all vulnerable. (See the full piece HERE.)
Simply put, we know that the budget bill spells trouble for Canada. And on Monday, a cross-section of concerned Canadians —
including the iconic Dr. David Suzuki — came together in Vancouver to present a united front against the bill.
The Vancouver event was one of many Black Out Speak Out events taking place across the country. Here’s a sampling of the day’s media coverage:
- 5 ways Canadians are protesting the budget bill | CBC
- Hundreds of websites go dark to decry Tory budget bill | Globe and Mail
- Websites Go Black in Defense of Nature and Democracy | Vancouver Sun
- Canadian Government Overhauling Environmental Rules to Aid Oil Extraction | Washington Post
- Sites go dark in C-38 protest, Tories launch campaign | CTV
As Dr. Suzuki said on Monday: “Environmentalists are not the enemy of development. We're simply for a world rich in opportunity."
That’s why silence is NOT an option when it comes to this budget bill. Take action today.