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Hold Up The Tree 

Presented at the Okangan Blue Dot Movement Event with the Suzuki Foundation

Participatory Performance conceived and coordinated by Kevin Jesuino 


This is a happening, supporting the movement to include ‘The right to a healthy environment’ in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 


This participatory project asked the public to come together and take a stand on supporting the environment. The public attending the Blue Dot Movement event in the Okanagan were encouraged to hold up a tree collectivley for the duration of the two hour performance that evening. 


During the project a strong sense of community between strangers was formed as people took it upon themselves to engage and make a metaphorical action towards supporting rights for the environment. 


The Blue Dot movement is a grassroots movement that aims to see the right to a healthy environment, including the rights to fresh air, clean water, and safe food, enshrined in our Canadian constitution. The movement has started with people like you standing up and saying they believe in our inherent right to a healthy environment. The growing movement of Canadians is calling upon their local communities to pass municipal declarations respecting people’s right to live in a healthy environment. Already, dozens of communities across Canada have mobilized, and many have already passed municipal declarations for the right to a healthy environment. Community by community, this movement will inspire decision-makers across our provinces and territories to take notice. 


More information on the David Suzuki Foundation Blue Dot Movement can be found at:



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