#BlackOutSpeakOut campaign launched by environmental groups



OTTAWA – According to a national campaign being launched Monday, May 7th by the country’s leading environmental organizations, the federal government’s war on nature and democracy means “Silence is no longer an option!” The campaign aims to force the Harper government to retreat and restore the environmental protection and democratic participation it recently gutted.

The Sierra Club Canada website will be blacked out on June 4, 2012 to protest the latest changes to environmental laws included in the federal budget. The black out is part of a national campaign called “Black Out Speak Out” (or using the Twitter Hashtag: #BlackOutSpeakOut) and involves Sierra Club Canada, CPAWS, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Equiterre, Environmental Defense, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina, West Coast Environmental Law, and WWF Canada. The campaign is inviting other individuals and organizations to participate and stand up for the rights of Canadians to have a voice when it comes to the environment.

“Canadians will not tolerate having their natural heritage destroyed. They want strong environmental laws and a government willing to enforce them,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

The federal budget bill contains 150 pages of changes to regulations that weaken laws that protect the environment and limit public participation. “These changes shoved into the budget bill are a huge threat to the environment and an alarming attack on Canadian democracy,” said Mr. Bennett.

Black Out Speak Out begins today with full-page ads in the Globe and Mail, La Presse and Ottawa’s The Hill Times, and will run for a month until the actual black out day on June 4th. The campaign also includes a website (http://BlackOutSpeakOut.ca).

Sierra Club Canada is urging all Canadians to join us in expressing our concern about the erosion of democracy and serious attack on Canadian values. “We are calling every Canadian who loves nature and democracy to take part in Black Out Speak Out,” said Mr. Bennett.

For More Information Contact:
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
613-241-4411 x222
Twitter: @John__Bennett
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