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The Blue Dot Tour was a cross Canada tour created by the David Suzuki Foundation to excite community around the idea of having our right to a healthy environment institutionalized in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Blue Dot Plan calls upon neighbours in communities across Canada to call upon their community leaders to declare we have a right to a healthy environment. The tour, which was supported by Nature’s Path, Roots Canada, and Ascenta Health, took place in the fall of 2014.

The Blue Dot Plan

We have a plan to create lasting change for generations. Here’s how. Across the country, Canadians believe in our inherent right to a healthy environment – clean water, fresh air, healthy food, and a say in decisions that affect us.

One by one, we stand up to say this right should be recognized. Neighbours come together to call upon their local communities to pass declarations respecting people’s right to live in a healthy environment. Neighbours come together to change a city.

Cities come together to change a province. Community by community we inspire decision-makers across our provinces and territories to take notice.

With so many communities calling for action we have our provinces pass environmental bills of rights.

Cities come together to change a province. Provinces come together to change a nation

When seven out of ten provinces representing more than 50 per cent of the Canadian population have recognized our right to a healthy environment we turn toward amending the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canada recognizes our right to a healthy environment and our common interest as a country to protect our right to have clean air, fresh water and healthy food for all Canadians.

Edited from the
Blue Dot Plan

We can affect the future by what we do today

The human brain invented an idea called the future. No other animal has a sense of a future as we do. And because we invented this idea of a future, we are the only animal that said we can affect the future by what we do today.
David Suzuki
from Today is the Day We Decide – Film

We all benefit from a healthy environment. We all have a right to a healthy environment. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to protect, restore, and preserve our environment for our health, for the health of our world, and for the future of our world.

Canada and Canadians can provide leadership in creating an environment for our future to create a future for our environment. Creating an environment of caring for our rights as a community, caring for the world we share with one another, and caring for the future of our world as a community.

We can create a healthy environment for our future by creating an environment of community around our common human interests.

  • What environmental threats is our community concerned about?
  • What environmental concerns are creating conversation in our community?
  • What ideas and enterprise are we creating community around to address our concerns about our environment and the future of our environment?
  • What communities of common place, common interest, and common enterprise are concerned about protecting, restoring, and creating a future for our environment?

We all have a right to a healthy environment, we all have a responsibility to protect, restore, and preserve our environment, and we all have the ability to contribute to creating community around our common human interest in creating a future for our environment.

We have the opportunity as leaders in our communities of common interest and community contributors to create connections with one another, to speak for our communities and our community interests, and to create an environment for creative community enterprise around ideas and opportunities to create possibilities for the future for our world.

Agreeing we have a right to a healthy environment will not create an environment for our future. We can only do that as a community. What interests, threats, concerns, ideas, and opportunities do we have community on? What interests, threats, concerns, ideas, and opportunities can we create community and excite creative community enterprise around?

Roger Chilton
from My Point of View

“Things are only impossible until we decide they’re not anymore”
David Suzuki
The Blue Dot Tour

Creative connections

Creative British Columbia
Restoring Our Atmosphere
Restoring Our Oceans
Creating Our Water Systems
Centre for Democracy
Salish Sea Community Learning Centre

Connections

Nature’s Path
Roots Canada
Ascenta Health