Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein is pushing a new plan for the future that she and others are calling the ‘Leap Manifesto’.
A list of notable Canadians have signed this decree, including prominent NDPers, David Suzuki, Pamela Anderson, Tegan and Sara, Leslie Feist, Hassan Yussuf, Roy McMurtry, Ellen Page, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Polley, Donald Sutherland, Neil Young (who just recently sold his Hawaiian mansion for $25 million), Robert Bateman, and, well, the list goes.
The Leap Manifesto aims to pressure the federal government to break Canada’s addiction to fossil fuels over the next 35 years and, eventually, move the country away from its capitalist system.
Energy development would, under this manifesto, respect everybody’s rights.
“If you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard,” to be applied equally to pipelines, fracking, increased oil tanker traffic and Canadian-owned mining projects abroad. Does this include wind turbines that those living in rural areas have complained about?
Is this a manifesto that you can get behind? Is it rather rich that the celebrities who are railing against capitalism and the use of fossil fuels are the ones who have benefited most from those very aspects of our society in North America? Capitalism has allowed them to make millions in their respective trades. Fossil fuels have allowed Neil Young to fly around the world hundreds of times to put on concert after concert.
Read more about the manifesto HERE.