Right now there is a country whose government – engorged on tar sands money – is trying to silence its critics by quashing citizen participation in environmental decision-making, attacking the nonprofit status of NGOs, and rolling back environmental laws. Sounds like Russia? Iran? Nope. It’s Canada.
The Canadian government, under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is actively trying to weaken the country’s major environmental protections—taking aim at fisheries, endangered species, clean air and water. While we are used to seeing corporations lead the charge here in the U.S., it’s the executive branch in Canada that is out in front this time. Ultimately, with the collusion of the fossil fuel industry, they plan to quash citizen participation and oversight and ram through environmentally-destructive projects to exploit Canada’s dirty energy resources.
In response, Earthjustice is standing in solidarity with environmental groups across the U.S. and Canada to publicly condemn this impending calamity. We’re asking our supporters to send a letter to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper condemning the Canadian government’s actions. Here’s the link: https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1293.