David Suzuki, famous for his TV and radio series and books about nature and the environment, has endorsed the Tetla. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in over forty nations. Here is the response from the David Suzuki Foundation including the endorsement from Mr. Suzuki. (This happened a while back, but was not publicly announced until today.)
Dear Ms. Champion:
Thank you for your email addressed to David Suzuki sent to the David Suzuki Foundation May 17th, 2013. It was forwarded to me here at Dr. Suzuki’s private office and I have sent it on to Dr. Suzuki on your behalf. I am delighted to let you know David has given your request for an endorsement his thoughtful consideration and has provided the following written endorsement of your for the Tetla Project.
With many thanks and kind regards, I remain,
Yours in solidarity,
Deanna Bayne, EA to David Suzuki
I listened to your interview on Rabble. Good for you. I am blown away by Tetla. I believe this kind of initiative is at the cutting edge of where we all have to go, that is keeping our currency local, stressing the importance of culture, fighting the trend to homogenization. Congratulations and thank you.
Globalization has been a disaster because it has meant going to the lowest standard of worker care (that's what we saw in Bangladesh recently) and environmental concern (remember Union Carbide and Bhopal). Globalization has also been accompanied by monoculture, the spread of KFC, MacDonalds, Sony, Apple, Nike, etc. as the icons young people aspire to. It results in envy, self hatred, suicide, move to cities, etc. We should treasure diversity, it is the key to resilience as we encounter increasingly uncertain futures. The unit of survival in the future will be local communities and the more self sufficient and grounded they are, the stronger they will be. That's why I am very excited to learn about Tetla. I believe you are moving in the direction the rest of society has to follow.
So, thank you for this. If there is any way I can help, please ask.
SENT VIA Deanna L. Bayne
Executive Assistant to Dr. David Suzuki
PO Box 19011, West 4th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6K 4R8 CANADA