RangiChangi commends the new work that the David Suzuki Foundation climate team has taken on. The DSF is walking the talk, and is attempting to engage all the people of this vast land more directly. In its commitment to “working with all Canadians to build a collective voice for action on climate change”, the DSF has hired two new climate campaigners whose job is to engage ethnically diverse community members in dialogue on climate action. The dynamic Winnie Hwo and Harpreet Johal have been working with climate team lead Ian Bruce to build the DSF’s “Race to the Top” project. Time is of the essence, and they are advancing their work quickly. The team has been meeting with Vancouver Lower Mainland community leaders such as Mo Dhaliwal and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. chair Dennis Chan. Both stated that the “key to successful communication is more about listening than talking.”
A key component of their work is reaching out to ethnic Chinese Canadians via Canada’s Chinese media. The Overseas Chinese Voice is one of the two major Chinese language radio stations in Metro Vancouver. On March 12, Dr. David Suzuki was invited to share his views and knowledge on climate change and solutions with the Lower Mainland’s Chinese Canadian audience on Andy Cheung’s Saturday hotline show, and the response to the discussion was high.
The Race to the Top team has also extended its community outreach work to the Greater Toronto District where they explored opportunities to engage new and young Canadians on environmental issues. You can read more about their experiences on the DSF climate blog. We salute the DSF for these important first steps in building a more inclusive dialogue on the issue of climate change and the environment. – Kate Castelo