from Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation

Dear friends,

The David Suzuki Foundation has joined Canada’s other leading environmental groups to launch a major national campaign to preserve two core Canadian values: nature and democracy.

Known as Black Out Speak Out (or Silence, on parle! in French), the campaign invites organizations, businesses and citizens from all sectors of society and all regions of the country to darken their websites on Black Out Monday, June 4, to protest changes introduced in the federal government’s budget act (C-38).

Our campaign has already attracted the participation of thousands of Canadians. And Canada is taking notice. Black Out Speak Out has gained broad national coverage in major print and broadcast media: the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Victoria Times Colonist, La Presse, CBC, CTV, and more.

And it is igniting conversations across the major social media.

This, however, is only the beginning. We would like you to join us in making this campaign really count.

The federal government is putting the future of our land, water and climate at risk with the recent federal budget implementation bill. More than a third of the budget is dedicated to weakening Canada’s most important environmental laws, including measures to make it more difficult for environmental charities to participate in the public policy process. This is not only undemocratic; it also undermines the government’s ability to make sound policy decisions and protect the environment.

We’re asking Canadians like you to join us in speaking out and letting the government know that silence is not an option for those who care about what could be lost.

Join the campaign today. Sign up for updates at blackoutspeakout.ca or silenceonparle.ca en français. In the days and weeks leading up to June 4, we’ll provide you with information on how you can get involved, online and in your communities.

We’ll also provide you with the tools you need to darken your own website, and make a statement on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the campaign on Twitter with the hashtags #blackoutspeakout and #silenceonparle, and join our groups on Facebook: Français or English.

We’re going black for a day, but we’ll be speaking out for as long as it takes. On June 4, 2012, join us.