The CAPE community is made up of donors from across Canada, without whom our work would not be possible. We thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt generousity and commitment to co-creating change for a healthy planet!
“The environment, human health, art, and activism are interconnected in a powerful way.” Rochelle Rubinstein is a visual artist and community arts facilitator based in Toronto, Ontario. In addition to investing in CAPE’s mission, she has written for Green Teacher Magazine and other publications on the health risks of artificial turf, which is increasingly replacing natural grass fields and playgrounds in Canada. As a mother and grandmother, her concern for children’s health has been a motivating factor to her advocacy. She dreams of a world where toxic exposures are not acceptable and she believes in the mobilizing power of physicians in Canada to take action to protect our communities from these harms.
“I acquired a visceral aversion to car culture when I lived in Windsor for a couple of years in the 1980s. The double whammy of the smokestacks of the automotive factories and exhaust from trans-border trucking made it impossible not to see the dark underside of all those glamorous car ads. I still remember the disgusting black grime on the wall around indoor air vents!
Not long afterward, a beloved colleague from those years – a sublime violinist with an infectious love of life and a phenomenal gift for teaching – died prematurely of breast cancer, which I later learned occurs at elevated rates in Windsor (along with prostate and lung cancer). Since then, many other friends and family members have been hit with this terrible disease.
Given what we now know of its links to automotive pollution, consumers need to be reminded of the consequences of fossil fuel combustion on the planet and on everyone’s health, the same way we are reminded of the consequences of smoking if we buy a pack of cigarettes. That’s why I’m pleased to support CAPE’s campaign to ban the advertisement of fossil fuels.”
With acknowledgment of the Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation
“I have always been deeply interested in and concerned about the environment. But, the common line of messaging from environmental advocacy groups that I have supported in different ways does not capture the mass attention that is needed to solve this challenge.
At 37 years old, I was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive, non-hormonal type of breast cancer. I’m fully through treatment, and onto monitoring now, so I’m in good shape. What I want is to never have had the diagnosis to begin with. I don’t see nearly sufficient attention out there on prevention.
CAPE, for me, is the perfect combination of putting out broadly relevant messaging on the environment and spotlighting the changes we need to be making for human health. I am grateful for your organization’s message.”
Dr. Clarissa Wallace
“For the first time in my life, I have joined an organization whose purpose is social change. I’m a BC Lower Mainland endocrinologist. These last few years not even I can help but see the devastating reality of climate change. This has forced me to ask ‘what can I do?’ The easy part was sending money. I know I need to ‘step up’. CAPE is showing me how to do this in manageable pieces. It’s time to take on my share of a different responsibility, to push in the ways that I can for a future that preserves as much as possible of our amazing world.”
“I continue to help CAPE financially despite retirement, lack of income, and yearly lectures from my accountant. I donate when and as I can but never as much as I did before retirement and never as much as I’d like. I still do something to push our collective cause ahead. Like I used to tell my patients, “Life sucks and then you die. Step over the bodies and let’s keep doing all the good we can.” Remember to give and if you are retired, contribute your talents or at least what money you can.”
Photo: Rocky Feroe and friends, “Biking Witches for Planetary Health” in Riverdale Edmonton. Feroe, second from the right, believes photos rob the soul.
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