Support Eliza Olson – Champion of Change

A few days ago, I had the privilege of hearing a brief talk by an amazing volunteer, Eliza Olson, founder and president of the Delta, BC Burns Bog Conservation Society.

Unlike the self-aggrandizing doom and gloom “scientist” activist/advocates, such as David Suzuki, or Andrew Weaver, Olson struck me as being a passionate, but practical environmental educator whose cause, the preservation of Burns Bog against the bureaucratically irrational encroachment by what is known as the South Fraser Perimeter Highway, she presents with both reason and gentle humour.

To my mind, any cause that has the support of Dr. David Bellamy, as does Olson’s, is worth investigating – and supporting. In a 2008 article in the U.K. Daily Express, Bellamy was described as follows:


FOR YEARS David Bellamy was one of the best known faces on TV.

A respected botanist and the author of 35 books, he had presented around 400 programmes over the years and was appreciated by audiences for his boundless enthusiasm.

Yet for more than 10 years he has been out of the limelight, shunned by bosses at the BBC where he made his name, as well as fellow scientists and environmentalists.

His crime? Bellamy says he doesn’t believe in man-made global warming.

Here he reveals why – and the price he has paid for not toeing the orthodox line on climate change.

“When I first stuck my head above the parapet to say I didn’t believe what we were being told about global warming I had no idea what the consequences would be.

“I am a scientist and I have to ­follow the directions of science but when I see that the truth is being covered up I have to voice my ­opinions.

“The sad fact is that since I said I didn’t believe human beings caused global warming I’ve not been allowed to make a TV programme.

“My absence has been noticed, because wherever I go I meet people who say: “I grew up with you on the television, where are you now?”

“It was in 1996 that I criticised wind farms while appearing on Blue Peter and I also had an article published in which I described global warming as poppycock.
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According to the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s website, Bellamy, an “International Peatland Expert”, has written:

“I beg the people of Canada to say no to the desecration of Burns Bog, a unique tract of muskeg that is home to many endangered species of plants and animals. It is not only one of the wonders of the wetland world, but plays key roles in moderating the local climate and and environment of Delta.

“To even [consider] building a highway, however well designed and placed, would be tantamount [to] an act of international vandalism. Please please don’t let it happen.”

I don’t often have praise for the CBC, Canada’s equivalent of the pro-alarmist propagandizing BBC; but I do have to give them credit (along with the corporate sponsors) for their Champions of Change initiative which will honour volunteers, amongst whom the top ten includes Eliza Olson.

Should Olson be one of the top 2 winners, a sum of $25,000 will be donated to her favourite cause. As I learned at the breakfast meeting, if Olson wins, the $25,000 will enable the Society to launch a legal challenge against the construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Highway.

I did my due diligence – and I’ve cast my 10 votes for Olson – so I would urge you to do yours, starting here. Or you could just take my word for it, and vote early and often by going directly to here. (Voting closes 8:45pm ET on January 10, 2011).

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