MAGDALEN ISLANDS, QC, May 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Last Saturday, Dr. David
Suzuki, with Georges Stroumboulopoulos of CBC's "The Hour" television
show, Karel Mayrand, Executive Director of the David Suzuki Foundation
in Quebec and Danielle Giroux of Attention FragÎles, joined a gathering
of Islanders on Old Harry beach for a flag-raising ceremony for the
protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence against potential oil and gas
During the ceremony, Dr. Suzuki revealed a flag on a sea-blue background
with a bright orange starfish at its centre, representing the Gulf's
many resources and the five provinces bordering it. Dr. Suzuki also
initiated a vibrant call to action to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence
and its ecosystem and communities by reading a statement titled "The
Declaration of the Defenders of the Saint-Lawrence."
Dr. Suzuki and Georges Stroumboulopoulos were at the Magdalen Islands to
film a special online segment that will be posted on the CBC's website
in late May or early June. The main objective of the web segment is to
raise Canadians' awareness of the Gulf's importance and the risks
associated with oil and gas drilling.
"The Gulf of St. Lawrence is one of the planet's most precious and
unique ecosystems," declared Dr. Suzuki. "Nature cannot be forced to
conform to human borders and economy. Instead, we must maintain its
health and subordinate our interests to the gulf."
In order to educate the public about the interdependence between
citizens and the St. Lawrence River, the David Suzuki Foundation
launched a new campaign last month, "The St. Lawrence: Our Living
River". The campaign will offer individuals the opportunity to
reconnect with the St. Lawrence River and Gulf by taking one or several
of eight "David Suzuki Blue Actions" or by participating to an activity
in their community on June 10th, the first-ever St. Lawrence Action Day.
"A very strong current passed between Dr. Suzuki and the people of the
Islands. His visit and his support provided a wave of hope to the
people in the community, who must continue to mobilize our neighbours
in the Atlantic Provinces to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence and its
precious and renewable resources," commented Danielle Giroux, President
of Attention FragÏles and spokesperson for the St. Lawrence Coalition.
The public and coastal communities surrounding the Gulf can show their
collective support to protect the Gulf by purchasing a miniature
version of the symbolic flag that was hoisted on Old Harry Beach by Dr.
Suzuki. As well, individuals are invited to send a letter to tell the
government to protect the St. Lawrence Gulf from oil and gas
development and to prevent disastrous spills.
To view a web segment of the flag-raising ceremony and to watch Dr.
Suzuki read the Declaration of the Defenders of the St. Lawrence Gulf,
To send a letter to tell the government to protect the Gulf, visit: http://action.davidsuzuki.org/fr/st-laurent
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SOURCE FONDATION DAVID SUZUKI
For further information:
For more information on the "Our Living River" campaign, visit: www.davidsuzuki.org/fr/st-laurent
For more information on the St. Lawrence Coalition, visit: http://www.coalitionsaintlaurent.ca/en/coalition
To view the CBC's web segment (available shortly) visit: http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/
For more information:
David Suzuki Foundation - Québec
Tel. : 514 316-4646 ext. 104
Cell. : 514 679-0821