Sixty-one days. Sixteen cities. Four people. One cross-Canada tour for Earth Summit 2012. The countdown to Jan. 30 begins. When the clock strikes zero, We Canada will blaze a trail across the country to engage young Canadians and civil society in dialogues and action for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Earth Summit 2012 or Rio+20. The tour launches in Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province of Canada, and makes its way from coast to coast to end in British Columbia, the westernmost province.
A combination of presentations, workshops and lectures will be held at schools and universities in each of the 15 cities on tour. The tour aims to empower citizens by sharing the history of the United Nations Earth Summits, information on the upcoming Earth Summit 2012, and an analysis of sustainable development trends on global and national scales. Participants will also learn about the progressive sustainability policies identified and submitted to the Zero Draft by the Canadian Earth Summit Coalition. The tour will bring an international perspective to focus on Canada – Canada’s leaders, Canada’s decisions, Canada’s history, present, and future – and its impact on the world and future generations.
With one of the most crucial meetings in decades happening in a few short months, we are on the brink of history. The question is whether we cross that line as leaders … or as laggards. With more than 60 percent of the world’s population under the age of 30, children and youth are becoming increasingly recognized as key drivers of social and economic change. The tour aims to not only educate young people, but also to move them towards taking action. During the school workshops and university lectures, We Canada’s speakers will facilitate dialogues on Canada’s role at the UN Earth Summit, and guide students and communities in designing and launching projects of their own. During the tour the speakers will champion a letter-writing project of their own, encouraging all near and far to write letters to Canadian politicians, describing their vision of the country at the Earth Summit 2012, and demanding that sustainability must be a long-term commitment that begins now. Local, national and federal politicians are being issued invitations to attend their regional event.
The four speakers on the tour are Marie-Pierre Daigle, national director; Aleksandra Nasteska(@aleksandrarocks), co-founder; Victoria Wee(@Earth2Victoria), youth engagement director; and Ta’Kaiya Blaney, child champion. We are incredibly honoured to engage a number of sustainability veterans and community leaders as guest speakers at regional events. Visithttp://wecanada.eventbrite.com/ for full details on city events, dates, times and guest speakers(consistently being updated with new locations). Tickets to all events are free.
Canada faces a time of great challenge and great opportunity. Join us on the road to make sure we build a nation we are prepared to take ownership of.
Thank you VIA Rail for making this dream possible.
1. Corner Brook, Jan. 30, Memorial University Grenfell Campus
2. Halifax, Feb. 2, Kings College University
3. Moncton, Feb. 6, uMoncton
4. Québec, Feb. 9, uLaval, Scott Vaughan
5. Montreal, Feb. 15, Concordia University, Désirée McGraw
6. Ottawa, Feb. 14, Carleton University, Geoff Green
7. Ottawa, Feb. 15, uOttawa, foreword by His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada, speaker Philippe Crabbé
8. Kingston, Feb. 17, Queens University
9. Kitchener/Waterloo, Feb. 27, uWaterloo, Amelia Clarke
10. London, Feb. 28, Western University
11. Toronto, Mar. 1, uToronto, Raili Lakanen
12. Toronto, Mar. 5, uToronto Scraborough Campus, David Suzuki
13. Winnipeg, Mar. 7, University of Winnipeg, Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox
14. Saskatoon, Mar. 12, University of Saskatchewan, Anique Granger
15. Edmonton, Mar. 14, uAlberta, Colin Soskolne, Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox
16. Victoria, Mar. 19, uVictoria
17. Whitehorse, Mar. 21, Yukon College, John Streicker
18. Vancouver, Mar. 27, SFU, Vanessa Timmer, and Severn Cullis-Suzuki(TBC)