Will our children inherit a Canada where polar bears can only be found on Toonies?

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Concerned that one day polar bears may only be
found on Toonies, and that Canadian voters are wrongly being asked to choose
between the economy and the environment on October 14th, Canadian artist
Franke James has created a visual letter to Stephen Harper.
    "Dear Prime Minister, You say a pollution tax would wreak havoc on our
economy..." See the visual letter at: http://www.MyGreenConscience.com
    (Or http://www.FrankeJames.com)
    Weaving together expressive drawings with photos and hand drawn text,
James asks the Prime Minister simple and thought-provoking questions including
this pivotal one, "Why are you making us choose between the economy and the
    James challenges Harper's assertion that the other parties are "dangerous
because they will tax polluters." She asks, "But if we don't tax polluters,
who will pay to clean up the mess? Will my children -- and yours -- be
paying?" She backs up her statements on the Alberta oil sands and China, with
facts from the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club Canada, The Telegraph UK and
other sources.
    The 'Dear Prime Minister' letter urges all Canadians to vote for the
environment and the economy on October 14th. James says, "Canada has one of
the worst records for emissions of any G8 nation. Pollution is a bullet we
can't dodge. If we don't act now we are only fooling ourselves. Our children
will pay the price in a damaged environment. The upcoming federal election is
an opportunity for us to send a strong message that we must tax pollution now,
rather than pass the mess (and expense) onto our children!" She asks, "Will
our children inherit a Canada where polar bears can only be found on Toonies?"

    What People Are Saying:

    "With wit and flair, Franke shows the Harper government's environmental
policies are nonsense - and severely jeopardizing our children's future."
Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and
the Renewal of Civilization

    "Wowzers! This is FANTASTIC. Thanks so much for sharing it. Your visual
essay clearly articulates the risks of NOT acting. Policy analysts struggle to
convey what you have so clearly expressed." Eli van der Giessen, David Suzuki

    About the Artist:

    Franke James is a Canadian artist and writer who blogs at My Green
Conscience (www.frankejames.com). She is also an entertaining and persuasive
advocate for the environment. In 2007 James battled Toronto City Hall for the
right to build a 'green driveway' and won. She has a Masters Degree in Fine
Arts from University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount
Allison University. James' environmental essays have been featured in
newspapers, TV, radio, books and online.

    Web links:

    Dear Prime Minister visual letter:

    Franke James' bio:

For further information:

For further information: Franke James, MFA, Email:
franke@frankejames.com, Website: http://www.MyGreenConscience.com (resolves
to: http://www.frankejames.com), Tel: (416) 256-9166

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