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,
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.