Neil Young Donates $100,000 to Blue Dot Environmental Campaign
Neil Young, at a news conference yesterday with David Suzuki, announced that $100,000 from his Vancouver concert will be donated to the Blue Dot campaign. The goal of the Suzuki Foundation campaign is to have the right to a healthy environment enshrined in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
From The Globe and Mail:
“I think it’s pretty obvious a lot of people are upset about what’s going on in Canada today,” Mr. Young told reporters in Vancouver on Monday when asked about the campaign. “I’m not happy about Canada’s endless search for a drop of oil; I am not happy about the backwards leadership that is looking over its shoulder at what used to be and trying to make it happen again. I think that it’s sad that Canada’s leadership is so irresponsible. It’s tragic.”
“The true north strong and free; [it’s] a pretty amazing situation – when you think about Canada and Canada’s history in the world, what a great country this is and how many amazing resources we have – how recent leadership has trashed what we have and made it such a negative thing and given Canada such a negative image on the planet among forward-looking countries. It’s a tragedy to see what this government has been able to do,” he said.
“Canada used to be a leader and Canada used to be known as a company – as a country – that was a Freudian slip,” he said, “with a conscience. And this leadership is ... just backwards. They’re not looking towards the future of the world. They’re not looking towards what we have to do. We have to take care of the planet.”
“We’re just digging a huge hole; like that hole in Alberta,” said Mr. Young, 69, clearly referring to the oil sands. “We’re digging a huge hole and we’re going to have to dig our way back out of it because all our children are going to be at the bottom of that hole. … Twenty years from now, the economy is going to be trashed because of what we’re doing.”
Comments following article and donation announcement were met with general hostility by Canadians.
This highly rated comment by David Gibson is a somewhat typical reaction:
"Neil has spent his entire adult life counting his money on his California ranch. Occasionally he travels to Canada to lecture and admonish the peasants who are stupid enough not to be rich rock stars.It would seem that many Canadians are less than grateful for Mr Young's generosity and concern for his home country of Canada. Now why would that be?
He long ago ceased to be Canadian in anything but legal status."
Maybe Canadians just want to hear songs about love or something?
In addition, Neil Young has launched a website GoEARTH.org to help rescue the planet.
Earlier this year, Neil Young announced his support for the Vermont Food Label Law with another $100,000 donation.
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2014-07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
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That Neil Young... what a Humanitarian Rebel With Causes.