On September 24, 2014, David Suzuki will meet Canadians from all walks of life at the Holy Heart Theatre in St. John’s, Newfoundland to start the Blue Dot Tour. The blue dot being celebrated is the earth as it is seen by astronauts thousands of miles away. This will be Suzuki’s final Canadian tour, and he has an interesting mission: to spark a movement that may eventually give all Canadian’s the official right to breathe clean air, eat healthy food and drink clean water.
While many countries do have regulations regarding the right a healthy living environment in their constitutions, Canada has no such rights listed in the Constitution. Suzuki’s ultimate goal is to ensure a healthy Canadian living environment with rights stated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
That is a big goal, but he also has a smaller goal: to work with as many Canadians as possible to help them protect and care for their local environments. His dream is that all people in his country will have clean air and water as well as healthy food for the rest of their lives and generations to come.
Where Do You Live?
You don’t have to live in Canada or attend the Blue Dot Tour to share David Suzuki’s vision. He is working within his country because he wants to get specific environmental rights into the Constitution, but his mission extends to the rest of the world as well. What an amazing world it would be if every human had access to clean water, fresh air and healthy food for their entire life.
There are some things you can do to take the sentiment of Suzuki’s tour to whatever you happen to reside in the world right now:
1. Research the constitution for your country. What environmental rights do citizens in your country have? Is there room for improvement? Do you think the government is living up to the rights that have been granted? Even if you never take action on this information, being informed is important.
2. Give your own family members, friends, colleagues and community members the right to healthy food and clean water. If you look around your community, you will find people who don’t always have access to healthy food or who live in deplorable homes without running water. There are people struggling with these issues in every country of the world today. What can you do to help some of the people in your own backyard?
3. Support organizations like the David Suzuki Foundation as they lead the charge for a healthier planet and healthy living environment. You can find similar organizations operating in most countries around the world.
Start at Home
David Suzuki is leading his Blue Dot Tour through Canada because he is starting in his home country. You can take action by starting at home as well. Literally, start with your home. Are you feeding yourself healthy foods, breathing clean air and drinking lots of water?
Start by looking at your diet. If you know your mid-afternoon vending machine visits aren’t healthy, replace them a couple times a week with fresh fruit or celery sticks and peanut butter. If you are using protein powder loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals, switch to a healthier option. These protein powders are now available and there are many made without sugar, GMO, preservatives and other additives.
If you drink more soda or alcohol than water, correct that immediately. You have access to clean water, and you should treat yourself well in appreciation of that luxury. Remember, not everyone has the resources that you enjoy in your corner of the world. Correcting that starts by correcting your own living environment. From there, you may want to look around to the neighbor’s who live on your street. Start at home, and watch how the goodwill spreads.
If you are in Canada and want to participate in Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour, he will appear at The Orpheum in Vancouver on November 9. In addition to David Suzuki, participants will include Neil Young, Feist, Raine Maida, Shane Koyzcan and Robert Bateman. Other writers, politicians and celebrities will appear at other stops along the tour.