What I Did on my Weekend
I know that after a month of continual blogging it must have been a shock to see our website blacked out yesterday! It was worth it though. Here is some feedback from #BlackOutSpeakOut.
Thanks to the help of Canadians like you, Black Out Speak Out has reached more Canadians than we ever thought possible. We drummed up over 500 partner groups to help us spread the message about the threats to nature and democracy in Canada. With your support, #blackoutspeakout trended on twitter yesterday, almost 10,000 people joined the campaign on facebook, and countless others changed their profile pictures, and got the word out to their friends. Our website got over 170,000 hits, and 32,000 emails were sent to members of parliament opposing bill C-38. And, check out all the media coverage we got!
Of course, as long as our environmental laws and our voices are under threat, our fight is not over. More of Canada’s environmental laws are expected to be gutted, further threatening our water, air and climate. And, changes to charities law could inhibit our ability to speak out to protect our environment.
Over the course of the summer we will continue to get the message out that Canada’s environmental laws need strengthening, not weakening. We will continue to keep you informed, and we'll need you to speak out again.
The work has only begun, please consider making a donation to your favourite environmental organization to support what has been accomplished, and to continue to apply the pressure needed to protect our environment and democracy.
Which brings me to what I did on my weekend! Georgia Strait Alliance is my favourite environmental organization and yes, there may be a trace of favoritism there, but even if my husband didn't work for them, I still believe they do great work! Their mission is "to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters and communities." The Georgia Strait is Gabriola Island's backyard aquatic playground. It is where we swim, kayak, sail, stroll the beaches, bird watch and generally do that which regenerates our souls.
This is a photo of me and my 14 year old son helping to carry a 330 m caution tape onto the water to demonstrate the length of a supertanker. We were participating in Oceans Day to show support for caring for our world's oceans as well as to speak out against increased oil tanker traffic on the Strait of Georgia.
The parade reaches the beach.
Check back tomorrow to see what Sara did on her weekend!