#BlackOutSpeakOut Ottawa Teach-in May 30th
OTTAWA – On Wednesday, May 30th Sierra Club Canada will host a #BlackOutSpeakOut teach-in on the environmental implications of the federal budget bill. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. MPs Megan Leslie (NDP), Kirsty Duncan (Liberal) and Elizabeth May (Green), and environmental law expert Stephen Hazell, will field questions from a live audience at St. Paul University in Ottawa (223 Main Street). Environment Minister Peter Kent has been invited and we hope he will attend (we will save a seat for him).
The #BlackOutSpeakOut campaign is all about informing the public about the devastating impacts to environmental law and regulation contained in the federal budget bill. The teach-in will give Canadians a chance to hear the whole story and ask questions,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
The “teach-in” was used on the first Earth Day in 1970 in hundreds of locations across the United States to inform the public about threats to the environment. The #BlackOutSpeakOut teach-in is part of the democratic traditions of the environmental movement.
“The budget is a huge threat to the environment and democracy. Silence is no longer an option. We must all speak out for nature and democracy,” said Mr. Bennett.
The 2012 budget bill contains 150 pages of changes to environmental law and regulation, including the repeal and replacement of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and devastating alterations to the Fisheries Act and Charities Act.
“Our government is trying to silence public debate on Canada’s future. We not only have right to speak out, we have a responsibility to speak out.
#BlackOutSpeakOut was launched by Sierra Club Canada, CPAWS, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Equiterre, Environmental Defense, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina, West Coast Environmental Law and WWF Canada. Visit: http://BlackOutSpeakOut.ca