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A Message From David Suzuki

2012/04/13

The following is an open letter from David Suzuki.  It was posted on the David Suzuki Foundation blog.

David Suzuki.  Photo: CBC.ca.

David Suzuki. Photo: CBC.ca.

Dear friends,

Some of you may have seen media coverage about my decision to step off the board of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation. I am writing to tell you more about this and what it means.

After my children and grandchildren, my greatest pride is the David Suzuki Foundation.

I am fiercely proud of how the Foundation brings science and solutions to environment problems. I’m determined to ensure that the Foundation continues to have the ability to solve critical environmental issues and bring hope for the future.

But I have reached a point in my life where I would like to consider myself an elder. I want to speak freely without fear that my words will be deemed too political, and harm the organization of which I am so proud. I am keenly aware that some governments, industries and special interest groups are working hard to silence us. They use threats to the Foundation’s charitable status in attempts to mute its powerful voice on issues that matter deeply to you and many other Canadians.

This bullying demonstrates how important it is to speak out.

The Foundation’s science-based, solutions-oriented research and educational work has enriched our democracy and reflected Canadian values for two decades. While not always happily received by governments or industrial interests, this work is strictly non-partisan, as required by the laws governing charities, and has made the Foundation one of the most trusted environmental voices in Canada.

Our opponents, however, are redoubling their efforts to marginalize the Foundation by getting at me, personally.

So last year, I made the decision to step off the board of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation. I remain one of its most active volunteers and committed major donors. This way I can fulfill my personal mission and the Foundation can continue to build on its inspiring work—for us and our grandchildren—in finding solutions to our shared, and very real, environmental challenges.

I hope you understand this decision and will continue to show your, steadfast support for my work in this concrete way:

Please share this letter with your family and friends and, at this critical moment, invite them to become supporters of the David Suzuki Foundation, by joining our online community or donating today.

Sincerely,

David Suzuki

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Food Forays permalink
    2012/04/15 7:58 am

    It really saddened me to read this letter. I grew up with David Suzuki and “The Nature of Things” and have donated to his foundation regularly. I respect the fact that he prefers at this stage to be an “elder”, yet it makes me sick to see what brought that about. We’re on a rapid trip in the wrong direction. I don’t even have the right words to convey my thoughts on this….

    • 2012/04/15 2:03 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      On the bright side, this will give Dr Suzuki more freedom to speak his mind and I believe the environmental causes in Canada could use an “unleashed” David Suzuki right now.

      • Food Forays permalink
        2012/04/16 9:09 am

        Looking at it from that point of view, you may be exactly right. I really hope he can drive home some of the issues we’re facing….

  2. 2012/04/17 6:41 am

    I don’t quite follow the logic that leaving an organisation he founded, one that bears his name, will protect it from the freely-spoken words of some bloke called “David Suzuki”.

    • 2012/04/17 4:02 pm

      I believe it has to do with our laws regarding such organizations (I do not know if these rules are the same everywhere). By removing himself, he has more leeway regarding what he says in public which is was not the case while he was still in the organisation.

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