North Cowichan – I have been working from my home for 15 years attempting to bring an end to open burning in the District of North Cowichan.
I have petitioned, brought in Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health to present to our mayor and council and still the fires burn. I am very excited about the six articles that are being published re: air quality and am hopeful that if we can get enough momentum then something will change. The fact that it hasn’t yet feels like insanity to me. I am now a senior and have just recently gotten through my second bout of pneumonia this year.
The David Suzuki Foundation has finished a tour across Canada campaigning on our behalf and for the good of Mother Earth. The tour was called Blue Dot and is a movement to recognize every Canadian’s right to live in a healthy environment. “Clean Air, Clean Water, Healthy Food”. When he was in Victoria a woman from Duncan met him and is now volunteering to bring awareness to this Valley. She lives in the Municipality of North Cowichan and with the help of a group of others is planning to present to our council. I went onto Yahoo this morning and typed in Blue Dot and had the opportunity to sign on and to watch a very important short video. They ask nothing from us in return except to support them by growing the numbers of people on board with them, accepting emails to keep up with them if we wish, and to volunteer if we want to. It costs nothing except a few moments of our time and might very well be the most important move we could make to help clean up the air and water in our beautiful Valley. And, to leave this world a better, healthier place for our children and grandchildren.
I understand there are 10,000 people in the CVRD alone that suffer with respiratory problems. They need to know about this campaign.