If you think it’s about time Canadians had a legal right to a healthy environment, read this post

More than 100 countries legally recognize citizens’ right to a healthy environment. So why doesn’t Canada?

No 614 Posted by fw, November 16, 2012

Right to a Healthy Environment by Ecojustice Canada

Watch this short video and learn more about your right to a healthy environment. Then read the message below the video to find out more about Ecojustice’s campaign  to ensure Canada joins the ranks of countries that protect their citizens’ environmental rights. And find out how you can take action.

Across the globe, more than 100 countries have taken action to recognize and protect their citizens’ right to a healthy environment.

Now it’s time for Canada to take action, too.

Click HERE to add your name to the growing list of Canadians who want to see their right to a healthy environment legally recognized by governments at all levels

The purpose of the right to a healthy environment is simple: To legally protect the basic elements of our survival, such as clean air, safe water and unpolluted land. And in countries where this right is recognized, the benefits are clear – stronger environmental laws and lower ecological footprints.

Since 1972, the right to a healthy environment has gained global recognition faster than any other human right – including water, food or health. From Norway to Nicaragua, more than 100 countries now legally recognize their citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment. So why doesn’t Canada?

Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms promotes free expression and protects us from discrimination. But it remains silent on the issue of our right to a healthy environment.

That’s why Ecojustice is using its unique expertise to ensure Canada joins the ranks of other global leaders. And we want you to be part of the movement.

Take action today!

  • Get informed
    Learn more about our Chemical Valley Charter Challenge lawsuit and Ecojustice’s work to ensure that the human rights of people living in one of Canada’s most polluted communities are recognized and protected.
  • Watch the video
    Take two minutes to see how the right to a healthy environment helped one community in Brazil, and could do the same for another one in Canada, in A Tale of Two Valleys.
  • Join the movement
    Add your name to the growing list of Canadians who want to see their right to a healthy environment legally recognized by governments at all levels.
  • See it live: The Right to a Healthy Environment book tour
    We’re co-sponsoring a book tour with the David Suzuki Foundation in support of Dr. David Boyd’s latest book, The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution. Come check out one of our stops in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto or Vancouver.
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